Sunday, July 18, 1999

Jones, Kronauge take doubles title




BY DAVE SCHUTTE
Enquirer contributor

        Kelly Jones and Dan Kronauge can only wait for the anticipated telephone call from Paul Flory, tournament director of the Great American Insurance ATP Championship.

        “Quite honestly, I've played in the ATP eight times, and I'd love to play again,” Jones said Saturday after winning the Thomas E. Price Metropolitan doubles title when Jeff Wolf and Jason Pressel retired at 0-5 in the first set.

        Sisters Kara and Lyndsey Molony rallied to pull out a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Terri Boynton and Mary Beth Wolf for the women's crown.

        For the last three years, the men's Met doubles champs have been invited to the ATP event in Mason. And Jones, a former player on the pro tour who was ranked No.1 in the world in doubles in 1992, is eager to get back to the big time after retiring last year. “I feel like getting to 172 in the world (in singles two years ago) in nine months and then quitting was a big mistake,” Kronauge said. “Until today, I never played doubles with someone so much better than me.”

        Kronauge asked Kelly, who coaches juniors for the United States Tennis Association, to play doubles with the idea of qualifying for the ATP.

        Little stood in their way Saturday. Wolf and Pressel had played three-hour-plus semifinal singles matches an hour before the start of the doubles.

       



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