Billy Scanlon won the $200,000 World Championship Tennis Invitational today, defeating 1980 runner-up Vijay Amritaraj, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, in the final of the six-man tournament at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.
The $100,000 first prize was the biggest paycheck in Scanlon's four-year professional career. Scanlon, 24, entered the round-robin tournament Wednesday after Eliot Teltscher was injured in a match against Brian Teacher on Tuesday. While having to absorb Teltscher's loss, Scanlon won his four matches in the round-robin competition to gain the final.
After a shaky first set, Scanlon began to loosen up in the second set as he went to a more agressive game. Attacking the net on every opportunity, Scanlon went ahead, 5-0, in the second set and broke service three times before winning.
Scanlon's serve began to falter in the fourth set as Amritraj came to the net for several easy points.
Scanolon took a 1-0 advantage in the last set, but he let a 0-40 lead get away in the second game as Amritraj tied it. Both players then held service through the next four games before Scanlon recorded a crucial service break in the seventh game of the final set.
"It was anybody's match in the fifth set," said Amritraj. "I thought I had the advantage serving first," he said.
"I would have like to have sat outside and watched the match," said Amritraj. "Thank God it was better than last year's match," he said, refering to his straight set loss to Bjorn Borg.