Chris Woodruff reached two milestones yesterday in his comeback from a knee injury with a victory over Denmark's Kenneth Carlsen in the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships final.
Woodruff, 26, held off Carlsen, 6-7 (7-5), 6-4, 6-4, at Newport (R.I.) Casino for his first title in two years, a victory that will propel him back into the world's top 100.
"I came here with no expectations, so winning was a great feeling," said the former NCAA champion who missed virtually all of last year after a December 1997 knee injury. "I hope I can take this into the rest of the summer."
Woodruff earned $41,800 for his second career title.
His ranking hit a career high of 29 after winning his first title at the Canadian Open in 1997. After the long layoff sent him off the rankings radar screen, Woodruff pushed it back up to 116 entering this event and he will be around 90th in the world, according to ATP officials, after winning the only grass-court tournament in the United States.
* SWISS OPEN: Albert Costa won this tournament for the second time, defeating Nicolas Lapentti in straight sets and maintaining Spain's hold on the Gstaad tournament.
Costa, seeded eighth, won 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-4 for his 10th career title.
"Albert is one of the toughest players on the tour," Lapentti said. "He put a lot of pressure on me and I broke down."
Spaniards have won this clay-court tournament seven of the last eight years.
Costa was ranked ninth in the world in 1997 but has since slipped to 28. He will likely move to No. 22.
Lapentti, who started the tournament with a No. 26 ranking, probably will become the second player from Ecuador to make the top 20.
* SWEDISH OPEN: Juan Antonio Marin won his first ATP title, beating Andreas Vinciguerra, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), to capture the Swedish Open in Bastad.
Vinciguerra, Sweden's most promising junior, saved two match points late in the second set before losing the tiebreaker.
"I'm impressed," Marin said. "Normally an 18-year-old doesn't have the power to play a 25-year-old who's been in the top 100 for several years. But Andreas showed this week that he can beat many players on the tour and if he continues to play well he might be in the top 100 later this year."
* DAVIS CUP: Doubles specialist Todd Woodbridge withdrew from the Australian team that will play the United States this week in the quarterfinals in Brookline, Mass. Captain John Newcombe said Woodbridge, who forms one of the world's top doubles units with Mark Woodforde, decided to withdraw because of a minor arm injury and a loss of form. Woodbridge was replaced by Sandon Stolle, who is ranked No. 3 in doubles, but Patrick Rafter might be called in to play with Woodforde or Stolle.