NEWPORT BEACH — The first super tiebreaker of the year came suddenly for the Newport Beach Breakers Tuesday night at The Tennis Club Newport Beach.
Eventually, it went to 6-6. The first team to seven wins the match.
Lester Cook and David Martin made it one to remember, winning that 6-6 point after two solid volleys by Martin as the Breakers escaped with a 19-18 win over the Kansas City Explorers.
Maria Sharapova almost packed the seats; the Breakers' marquee player was the star. But, in the end, it was Cook and Martin who took center stage against Kansas City's Samuel Groth and Ricardo Mello.
The Breakers' duo won the final set of the match, 5-3, tying the score and forcing that super tiebreaker. And, while Newport Beach won't make the World Team Tennis playoffs, the excitement rippled through the stadium after Martin's second volley forced a mishit long by Groth. Cook and Martin were down 6-4 in the super tiebreaker after two huge serves by Groth, but found a way back.