NEWPORT BEACH — It was Ladies Night, and Billie Jean King and Lindsay Davenport were in the house.
But the Newport Beach Breakers' lead man was still in charge.
Lester Cook came up huge in the final set, beating St. Louis' Andrei Pavel, 5-0, in the final set as the Breakers came back for a huge 16-14 World Team Tennis win Thursday at The Tennis Club Newport Beach.
Cook came into the set ranked third in the league in men's singles, while Pavel was last – 11th out of 11 regular players in the league. The Breakers came into that final set with a 14-11 deficit, but Cook has brought them out of similar deficits before this season.
Cook had the goods Thursday night against an opponent he said he'd never faced before. He swept the set against Pavel in the match that featured former world No. 1 Davenport as a marquee player for the visiting Aces.