Tennis: Querrey wins 2019 Hawaii Open over Nakashima in thriller


After defending Hawaii Open champion Kei Nishikori announced his sudden withdrawal from the 2019 tournament at a press conference, the door opened for 18-year-old wild card Brandon Nakashima to make his mark at the annual exhibition event.  Just two weeks earlier, the San Diego native opted not to return to the University of Virginia for his fourth semester.  The newly-minted professional then headed into Honolulu where he defeated Christian Harrison in the opening round, 6-1, 6-0, then upset Top 35 player Taylor Fritz, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, in the semifinals.

Fellow American – and ATP Tour veteran – Sam Querrey was Nakashima’s formidable opponent in the championship match held at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  After losing the opening set, 6-4, Nakashima took the second in a tiebreaker, nine points to seven, aided by three double faults by Querrey.


The equally topsy-turvy final set was played in a super tiebreak, meaning that the player who reached 10 points first or won by two beyond that threshold would be declared the champion.  This time Nakashima actually held two match points but couldn’t convert, allowing the 6’6″, 32-year-old Querrey to take advantage and prevail, 6-4, 6-7 (7-9), 13-11 (super tiebreak).


On the women’s side, a highly anticipated rematch between Danielle Collins and Angelique Kerber – Collins upset Kerber at the 2019 Australian Open, 6-0, 6-2, in the fourth round – unfortunately did not materialize after the German defaulted with an injury.  Collins was then declared the winner of the women’s singles event, and the final was replaced with an entertaining mixed doubles match, which Collins and Christian Harrison won over Querrey and Yanina Wickmayer, 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 10-6 (super tiebreak).

Photos: Sam Querrey def. Brandon Nakashima – 2019 Hawaii Open men’s championship
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Video: Sam Querrey def. Brandon Nakashima – 2019 Hawaii Open men’s championship
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