Scott Lipsky: Good Things Come in Pairs  
Fresh off a doubles title with partner Rajeev Ram at the San Jose Open, Scott Lipsky did it again two weeks later in Delray Beach, beating Christopher Kas (Germany) and Alexander Peya (Austria) 4-6, 6-4, 10-3.

“I never won two titles in one year, and now I have already won two this year and it’s only February,” Lipsky told JewishSport.org. Lipsky is the first Jewish player to win a title in the tournament’s 19 year history.

Lipsky had won the San Jose event once before, in 2008 – his first ATP championship – with previous partner David Martin. In July 2010 Lipsky teamed up with Ram for the Atlanta Tennis Championships; the duo won the event.

“We won a championship the first time out of the gate, so it seemed like a good thing to stay with Rajeev,” Lipsky said. “Doubles partners change around all the time. It’s kind of like dating – you are looking for the right combination.”

In first round play at the Delray Championships, Lipsky and Ram beat the Israeli pair of Jonathan (Yoni) Erlich and Andy Ram (no relation.) 6-2, 3-6, 10-2. The Israeli pair and Davis Cup teammates previously won the Australian Open in 2008, but an injury later that year put Erlich out of action until recently, while Andy Ram partnered with other players, most successfully with Max Mirnyi, winning the 2009 Sony Ericsson Tournament in Key Biscayne.

Lipsky, whose ATP doubles ranking is currently 45, had previously lost twice to the Israeli tandem. “Andy and Yoni are among the best volleyers in the game. Yoni has lost a bit on his serve but he will be back to 100% before long.”

Lipsky, 29, was Bar Mitzvah in his boyhood town of Merrick on Long Island, and later attended Stanford University, whose tennis team is well known for sending its players into the professional ranks. “I already knew at Stanford that this would be my path. After I graduated my folks gave me enough money to last for the first two years, and after that I was able to live off of my earnings. I started out playing singles but saw that I just wasn’t good enough to really make it going that route. The question for me was do you want to play in smaller venues or (with greater success as a doubles player) being able to play in bigger tournaments.”

  Recalling his path to present day success, Lipsky shared the following with Long Island Tennis Magazine in January, 2009:

“When I just graduated and was playing the lower level Future and Challenger Tournaments, it was a grind. There were a lot of times when I would question what I was doing because I was playing for such little money, and no one was there watching where you’re playing in these small towns in Mexico. You have to just think about what you are doing and what you are trying to accomplish. But now that I’m playing on the ATP level, I think all of those other tournaments and everything else was definitely worth it to get to where I am now.”

Lipsky also shared an important lesson with those coming up the ranks. “First of all you need to have fun playing the game. If you’re not enjoying it and not having fun, then it’s not worth it … It’s a lot of hard work and you need to be dedicated. I don’t think I could have got to where I am now without some sort of strong mentality. Just being able to go, week in and week out, dealing with losses, and maintain a positive attitude is also definitely a strength. When only one person can win a tournament every week, everyone else is going to lose.”

After this recent title, Lipsky noted that he and Rajeev have not made any larger game plan for the moment. Beyond the next purse and the next title, however, he told JewishSport.org that the opportunities afforded him as a professional athlete, and the chance to play in front of a crowd, keep him motivated.
 
   

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Photo by Lorraine Joy from Merrick NY Patch website