Baker Newman and Justin Roberts are technically sound tennis players individually, but they have very little experience together, if any, in men’s doubles, and it showed under the lights on the Grand Stand of the Club Lawn Tennis venue in Lima, Peru, last night.
After receiving a bye into the second round, Newman and Roberts went down in straights in their opening match, losing to the Argentinian pair of Guido Andreozzi and Facundo Bagnis, 6-2 and 6-2. The match was over in less than an hour on day five of the 18th Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, on Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, Newman fell in his second round men’s singles match to Andreozzi, 6-0 and 6-1, and the number two seeded singles player got the better of him again, this time in doubles. As for Roberts, he will play his second round men’s singles match today, facing Jose Hernandez of the Dominican Republic, the eighth seeded player.
In men’s doubles on Tuesday, Newman and Roberts were broken three times in the first set and twice more in the second. They had 15 forced errors in the first set and six more unforced errors compared to just eight and two for the Argentinians. Andreozzi and Bagnis outscored Newman and Roberts in total points, 29-18, in the first set.
It was much of the same in the second set.
The Bahamians had 14 forced errors in the second set compared to just six for Andreozzi and Bagnis. Also, just like the first set, Andreozzi and Bagnis won 29 total points compared to 18 for Newman and Roberts.
Newman said earlier in the day that just being at the continental level in competition is satisfying, and now, his Pan Am Games experience is over. In men’s singles, he defeated Luis Miralles, of El Salvador, 6-2 and 6-2, in his opening round match, but fell to Andreozzi in the second round.
Roberts outlasted hometown favorite Sergio Galdos, of Peru, in his opening round match in a thrilling three-setter, 6-7(5), 7-6(6) and 6-4, and will play Hernandez in the second round today. Roberts called the first-round victory over Galdos his most important to date, and is looking to keep the ball rolling against Hernandez today.