USC's Farah/Johnson Win Pacific Coast Doubles Crown
April 5, 2010
USC's Robert Farah and Steve Johnson had a busy weekend, but the Trojans could not be stopped as they teamed up to great success on the doubles front, emerging with two dual-match wins before going on to claim the prestigious Pacific Coast Doubles championship. Farah and Johnson ended up clashing with the nation's top-ranked doubles team in Stanford's Klahn/Thacher, and the Trojans beat the Cardinal pair twice - first in USC's Pac-10 win over Stanford and then again in the title match at the Pacific Coast Doubles action in La Jolla, Calif., on Sunday.
Past rains had postponed the final two rounds of competition, leaving action resumed on Sunday (April 4) at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. In Sunday's semifinals, USC's second-seeded Farah/Johnson went up against top seed Davis/Tarango. The Trojan pair shook off a comeback push by their opponents and forced their way into the title match with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 victory. That put Farah/Johnson in a rematch with Stanford's top-seeded pair Bradley Klahn/Ryan Thacher. The Trojans had tallied a smooth 8-3 win over the Cardinal duo during Friday's dual-match win over Stanford, and Farah/Johnson went on to remain in control during Sunday's longer title match. The USC senior and sophomore tacked up a 6-3, 6-2 win over Klahn/Thacher to wrap up the championship.
The Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championships is the second oldest tennis event in the United States, first held in 1890 at The Hotel Del Monte in Monterey, Calif. The original concept pitted the best players from the East against those from the West, and past winners include Arthur Ashe and John McEnroe. Several former Trojans also boast Pacific Coast Doubles crowns, including Stan Smith, Bob Lutz and Dennis Ralston as well as current USC coaches Peter Smith and Eric Amend.