Filipino-American Treat Conrad Huey and British partner Dominic Inglot bowed out of contention in the prestigious US Open being held in Flushing Meadows, New York.
Huey and Inglot absorbed a 5-7, 3-6 loss to the No. 10 pair of Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo of Brazil in the quarterfinals of the final Grand Slam event of the season.
Nonetheless, Huey and Inglot pocketed a whopping $58,000 cash prize for reaching the quarterfinals.
Huey and Inglot advanced to the quarterfinals by stunning the third-seeded duo of Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez of Spain in the third round, 7-6 (2), 6-0. They also beat Daniele Bracciali of Italy and Lukas Diouhy of the Czech Republic in the second round, 6-3, 6-3, and Austrians Julian Knowle and Jurgen Melzer in the first round, 6-2, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5).
In mixed doubles, Huey and American Raquel Kops-Jones ousted Americans Donald Young and Victoris Duval in the opening round, 2-6, 6-4, 10-6, but fell short against American Liezel Huber and Brazilian Marcelo Melo in the next round, 6-4, 7-6 (4) 5-10.
Huey is expected to arrive next week in Manila to spearhead the Philippine team in the Asia-Oceania Davis Cup Group II finals against New Zealand scheduled on September 13 to 15 in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.
Emil C. Noguera