Doubles final, Memphis Open

Check out our pictures from Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Santiago Gonzalez victory over Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey in the final of the Memphis Open, read the report here.

Fysternberg and Gonzalez enter

Fyrstenberg

After the coin flip

Stadium court before the doubles final
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Taylor Fritz a,d Kei Nishikori handshake, Memphis Open 2016

Championship Sunday coincided with Valentine’s Day this year, which provided the tournament with a theme for several promotions, including a “Treat Your Love to Valentine’s Brunch” and a tableful of chocolate truffles in shiny red boxes.

truffles for St. Jude

The truffles, glasses of prosecco, and tickets to a drawing for a $2,500 necklace (compliments of Memphis’s James Gattas Jewelers, whose current Twitter avatar [@GattasJewelers] currently features a photo of Gattas with Kukushkin and Kudla) were sold to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Ushers handed out ServiceMaster towels, which emcee Andrew Krasny would later encourage fans to wave during his exhortations to “MAKE MORE NOISE!”

Servicemaster towels

Robin Soderling was scheduled to sign autographs in The MO at 1 p.m., which was also the starting time of the doubles final. On Stadium Court, Beg to Differ, an a cappella group from Memphis University School, performed a selection of pop standards, and then the national anthem:

National anthem
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Kei Nishikori, Memphis Open

Kei Nishikori defeated Sam Querrey in three sets to reach his fourth consecutive Memphis Open final. A few pictures below, read full recap here.

Some of the photographers

Nishikori's entrance

Nishikori v. Querrey

The fans with fans
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Kei Nishikori, Memphis Open 2016

The match schedule for Saturday consisted of two sessions, with the afternoon session beginning at 2 p.m. At “The MO,” which opened at noon, fans examined Robin Soderling‘s tennis balls…

Soderling's shop in "The MO"

sipped smoothies, played ping-pong, and danced to live music — sometimes all at the same time…

Kids dancing to the music while playing pingpong

and watched the goings-on in Rotterdam and Buenos Aires:

Watching Rafa vs. Thiem
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Kei Nishikori, 2016 Memphis Open

The Featured Match on the daily draw sheet handed to fans entering the racquet club was Kei Nishikori vs. Mikhail Kukushkin. Nishikori had won their previous four meetings, and would prevail in this one as well, hitting shots that had the Kazakhstani player standing with his hands on hips, shaking his head at the ball he hadn’t expected to come back over the net.

Mikhail Kukushkin

Kukushkin did get the better of Nishikori now and then, reeling him in for some errors at the net, and the crowd applauded his winners as well as Kei’s. Find more pictures here.

Friday evening quarterfinal

Friday evening quarterfinal
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Yoshihito Nishioka, Memphis Open 2016

Enjoy a few pictures of Sam Querrey‘s quarterfinal win over Yoshihito Nishioka. Check out the recap here.

Querrey d. Nishioka QF

Querrey d. Nishioka QF
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