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Portland's Travis Parrott Big Winner at U.S. Open

by Joe Becker

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Posted on September 11, 2009 at 12:45 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:40 PM

By Joe Becker

Portland's Travis Parrott teamed up with Carly Gullickson to win the U.S. Open tennis championship in Mixed Doubles in New York City. They beat Cara Black and Leander Paes in straight sets 6-2 and 6-4.

"Winning any Grand Slam is pretty cool," Parrott said afterward at the News conference,
"I definitely never thought I would win a mixed doubles US Open."

It is amazing because Parrott was actually supposed to play with Abigail Spears. However, she decided to play with Robert Kendrick, a playing partner from World Team Tennis. Spears told Parrott that she and Kendrick were guaranteed a wild card spot in the open and that she neeed to take a sure spot. Parrott didn't mind, "No problem," said Parrott. "I said do you know anybody that might be looking? She said, Carly might be looking. You can text her. So I texted her and she said yes and here we are."

Yes, they were also awarded a wild card spot and are now the U.S. Open Champions. Spears and Kendrick lost in the first round.

Parrott was born in Portland and still lives in the Rose City. His dad is Brian Parrott, the Men's head tennis coach at Portland State. Travis went to Georgia and then played for the Portland Pilots his senior year.

Parrott and Gullikson played together just once before in another tournament, but winning the Open is something special. "Just being out there on that court today," said Parrott, "and even during the trophy presentation, it was surreal a little bit. It's pretty amazing to be honest."