Queenstown's McLachlan defends doubles title

Ben Mclachlan (left) and Luke Bambridge after winning the men's doubles at the 2020 ASB Classic. Photo: Getty Images
Ben McLachlan (left) and Luke Bambridge after winning the men's doubles at the 2020 ASB Classic. Photo: Getty Images
New Zealand-born Japanese player Ben McLachlan has gone back-to-back in the doubles at the ASB Classic men's tennis tournament.

Hailing from Queenstown but now playing for Japan, McLachlan and British player Luke Bambridge have beaten New Zealand's Marcus Daniell and his Austrian partner Philipp Oswald in straight sets in Saturday's final in Auckland.

The Japanese-British combination were 7-6 (3) 6-3 winners on centre-court.

McLachlan, who has a Japanese mother, won the doubles title at the event last year playing with Germany's Jan-Lennard-Struff.

Daniell was unable to pick up his second ASB Classic doubles title, having lifted the trophy back in 2010 with Romanian Horia Tecau.

The doubles final is being followed by the singles title decider.

That match will crown the tournament's first men's singles champion from France, with fifth seed Benoit Paire facing 21-year-old rising prospect Ugo Humbert.

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