Each year as a boy, Treat Huey came to the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park to watch the players he idolized. On Sunday, Huey took his place among them, winning a doubles title in the Citi Open.
Huey, who grew up in Alexandria and graduated from St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes, combined with his former University of Virginia teammate Dominic Inglot to topple 6-foot-8 South African Kevin Anderson and 6-6 American Sam Querrey in a super tiebreaker, 7-6 (10-7), 6-7 (12-10), 10-5.
It is the first ATP title for Huey and Inglot. In April, they reached the finals in Houston, but lost to James Blake and Querrey.
“Dom and I were saying, yeah, we don’t want to lose to this guy in the finals again,” Huey said.
It’s been a summer to remember for Huey, 26, who joined the Washington Kastles as a replacement player last month and helped the local World TeamTennis franchise complete a second straight perfect regular season.
In 95-degree heat for their 1 p.m. match on Sunday, Huey and Inglot, also 26, discovered another kind of heat in the form of the 130 m.p.h. serves of Anderson and Querrey. But the local duo emerged despite breaking in only one service match.
The difference was their play in the tiebreakers. In the first-set tiebreaker, Anderson started and ended it with double faults. In the decisive super tiebreaker, Huey’s drop shot at the net made it 9-5, then on match point, Querrey couldn’t handle Huey’s first serve. Huey and Inglot celebrated with a leaping chest bump.
Serving was the difference as Huey won 31 of his 40 service points, with four aces. Inglot did his part as well, blasting four straight aces in the fifth game of the second set.
Afterward, Huey talked of coming to this same stadium 10 years ago and watching James Blake “on fire,” hitting “winner after winner,” in a memorable semifinal upset of Andre Agassi.
On Sunday, with his dad Kirk and his mom Manina in the stands, Huey made a memory to top it.