Marcus Daniell takes out Texas doubles title in straight sets
New Zealand tennis player Marcus Daniell claimed the doubles title at the US$150,000 Irving Challenger in Dallas, Texas on Monday morning (NZ time).
Daniell, who was ranked 43rd in the world in doubles, combined with Brazilian Marcelo Demoliner to defeat top seeds Olivier Marach (Austria) and Fabrice Martin (France) 6-3 6-4 in one hour and 11 minutes, successfully converting two of their eight break point opportunities.
It was likely Daniell would see his ranking improve beyond his current high and possibly above New Zealand teammate Michael Venus who was ranked 40th.
Daniell would now wait to see if he and Demoliner made the draw of the Miami Masters, which was set to start later this week.
After that tournament, Daniell was set to play in the Wellington Open in the lead up to next month's Davis Cup tie against Korea in Auckland.