HONFLEUR, France – With Cal women’s tennis star Haley Giavara winning in doubles and head coach Amanda Augustus anchoring the coaching staff, the United States defeated Great Britain, 4- 2, in the Master’U BNP Paribas Championships final on Sunday. The title was team USA’s ninth in the last 10 tournaments and 10th overall, with Augustus capturing her sixth and Giavara winning in her first year in the co-ed international tournament.
This marked the first Master’U BNP Paribas Championships since 2019, as the tournament paused play during the COVID-19 pandemic.
«I’m just really glad we were able to come and compete,» Augustus said. «To represent our country, to be able to bring one of our own Bears in Haley Giavara and win the tournament for the U.S., I just feel really honored and blessed to have had this opportunity. I’m just really proud of this team. It was a really special week here in France.»
«It feels really good,» Giavara said. «This is definitely something to check off my college tennis list. This makes me feel really good because I didn’t play in the fall this year, and now I’ll bring the confidence and momentum I got from this tournament to the coming spring season, and that’s really cool. This tournament didn’t happen for a while because of COVID, and I’m happy to be part of it.»
With the final tied 2-2, Giavara partnered with North Carolina’s Fiona Crawley in doubles to give the U.S. a 3-2 lead, as the Golden Bear and Tar Heel beat former Stanford player Emily Arbuthnott and former Old Dominion Monarch Holly Hutchinson, 6-3, 2-6, 17-15, at the Normandie Tennis League’s Centre de Tennis.