ROUEN, France-Boise State men's tennis head coach Greg Patton guided the United States team to a world championship Sunday, at the Master'U BNP Paribas in Rouen, France. Patton coached the American team to a come-from-behind win in the finals against France to claim its second title in three years.
The U.S. and France squared off in the final for the third-straight year, with the French team taking a 3-1 lead after the singles competition (two men's and two women's competitions). The Americans rallied to win all three doubles matches (one of each gender and one mixed) in straight sets and claim the international crown.
This marked Patton's third-straight year coaching the American team at the Master'U Championships. He previously coached the U.S. team to the 2009 title and a runner-up finish at the 2010 event.
"The 10 hour battle with the French National team was spine tingling and loaded with plot twists that would baffle the greatest mystery writer," Patton said. "We were on the brink of losing the World Championship after four hours of singles play, and then with incredible and positive courage our entire team plucked victory from the jaws of defeat 6 hours later with a come from behind singles victory in the 3rd set tiebreaker and three straight doubles victories. It was a repeat of the story line of two years ago when our doubles team swept the three doubles to clinch the Championship. There is nothing sweeter than winning a World Championship for the USA red, white, and blue."
The roster was made of six American collegiate tennis players, three men and three women, selected by the USTA. Patton was joined on the coaching staff by Mark Guilbeau, head women's tennis coach at Virginia.
To read more about the tournament, check out Patton's blog HERE.