Sept. 10, 2009
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Travis Parrott, a 2002 tennis All-American for the University of Portland Pilots, teamed with partner Carly Gullickson to win the U.S. Open mixed doubles championship Thursday at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The duo knocked off defending champions and No. 2 seed Cara Black and Leander Paes 6-2, 6-4 live on ESPN2.
Parrott and Gullickson, who had never played together prior to this event, were a wild card draw but knocked off four seeded teams to win the title.
The unseeded duo defeated top seed Liezel Huber and Mahesh Bhupathi in Tuesday's semifinals, 6-3, 6-4. They also downed the No. 3 and No. 6 seeded teams en route to the final. The pair was nearly eliminated in the first round against sixth-seeded Nadia Petrova and Max Mirnyi, fighting off match points before winning 11-9 in the third set.
Parrott, a Portland native, currently sits at No. 34 in the ATP doubles rankings. Parrott's highest ever ATP doubles ranking was No. 25 in June of 2009. He won his first career doubles title as a rookie in Los Angeles in 2003.
Parrott has played in six U.S. Opens throughout his career and was a doubles quarterfinalist in 2004. He is coached by long-time University of Portland head coach Aaron Gross and often returns to Portland for training when not on tour.
Parrott/Gullickson Title Run (U.S. Open)
First Round: def. No. 6 Nadia Petrova/Max Mirnyi, 6-2, 2-6, 11-9
Second Round: def. Sania Mirza/Daniel Nestor, 6-1, 6-4
Quarterfinals: def. No. 3 Lisa Raymond/Marcin Matkowski, 6-2, 7-5
Semifinals: def. No. 1 Liezel Huber/Mahesh Bhupathi, 6-3, 6-4
Finals: def. No. 2 Cara Black/Leander Paes, 6-4, 6-2