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Klinger Wins Double Gold at USTA Boys' 14s

Cameron Klinger of San Jose, Calif., fought his way to two titles at the USTA Boys 14 National Championships on Aug. 7-12 at the McFarlin Tennis Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Boys' 14s Champion Cameron Klinger
Klinger won his first USTA gold ball in doubles, as he and partner Tommy Paul of Greenville, N.C. - the tournament's top seeds - battled the No. 7 team of Ryan Dickerson (Marlton, N.J.) and Kyle Seelig (Hatfield, Pa.) to a 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-1 victory.

The next morning, the second-seeded Klinger beat No. 14 Jake DeVine (Boca Raton, Fla.) 7-6 (8), 4-6, 6-1 to capture the top prize of singles in a two-and-a-half-hour match.

"That is a pretty fair thing to say," Klinger replied with a smile, when asked if he had to fight his way to two championships at the tournament hosted by the San Antonio Tennis Association. "I competed really well, and I showed mental toughness. I always had confidence that I could come back, and it happened. I also had a great partner who was there to help me."

Klinger became the first player to sweep the championships since 2006, when Junior Ore - now a standout at Texas A&M - won both the singles and doubles events.

The tenacious Klinger rallied from a 2-6 deficit in the first-set tiebreak of the championship match with DeVine. He won five straight points, to take a 7-6 lead before DeVine tied it at 7-7. DeVine lost his serve at 8-9, and Klinger polished off the first set with a trademark overhead smash.

But DeVine, who earlier eliminated the fourth and fifth seeds (Reilly Opelka and Sameer Kumar, respectively), took a 5-3 second-set lead on three service breaks. Klinger held serve in the ninth game, which seemed to last forever, but DeVine closed out the set with a service ace.

"We both served well, but he served a little better overall," said DeVine, a quarterfinalist at the 2010 tournament. "The difference can be a (service) break. Cameron was just too good."

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