Shabaz Wins 2015 Metzger Open

Singles Finalist, Winston Lin (left), tournament director Craig Mathias (center) and Singles Champion, Michael Shabaz (right).

The 23rd Annual Metzger Open in Harrisburg, Pa. wrapped up this past weekend after five days of intense tennis.

The top seed and winner of the 2014 tournament, Jesse Witten, was beaten by the third seed from Fairfax, Va., Michael Shabaz, in the semifinals. Witten gave Shabaz his closest match of the tournament with an end score of 6-4, 6-4.

Shabaz defeated No. 4 seed, Winston Lin, in the championship match with a score of 6-2, 6-3.

Shabaz and doubles partner, Marcus Fugate, with tournament director, Craig Mathias
Shabaz and doubles partner, Marcus Fugate, with tournament director, Craig Mathias

Shabaz also won the doubles portion of the tournament with his partner, Marcus Fugate. They defeated Ashley Fisher and Nathan Healey in a nail-biting final match, with a score of 6-4, 3-6, 10-7.

The Metzger Open began in 1993. It emerged from a fifty year old tournament, the PA State Clay Court Open Championships. Since then, the tournament has grown from one venue to five, increasing the overall involvement. The tournament is hosted by The Clubs at Colonial Ridge.

There was also Metzger Kids’ Day, which was held on Friday, July 10 at Hershey Racquet Club. The event was for anyone, 18 and younger, and was hosted by former professional tennis player, Luke Jensen.

The Metzger Open attracts top-ranked players from all over the state and county.

For more information on the Metzger Open, visit the tournament website.

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