The Thomas E. Price Cincinnati Metropolitan Tennis Tournament is in full swing at the Lindner Family Tennis Center at Lunken Playfield. Sunday was overlap day featuring the conclusion of three doubles tournaments and the beginning of the men’s and women’s singles tournaments, which run through Friday’s finals.
A longtime paradise for top seeds, the doubles tournaments were besieged by surprises, especially in the men’s event, where the top teams were eliminated before the final. That set up Sunday’s championship match pitting the third-seeded duo of Tyler Fraser and Jimmy Roebker against the fourth-seeded tandem, Zach Berry and Lance Koetter.
Fraser and Roebker prevailed, 6-1, 6-3, giving Fraser his first Metropolitan tennis title and Roebker his second. Roebker, a one-time Met singles champion, and Fraser work together as tennis coaches at Five Seasons Sports Club in Cincinnati.
“It’s an honor to finally win at the Met. I’ve been looking for one for a while, and Jimmy was a great partner,” said Fraser, who played tennis at Little Miami High School and Northern Kentucky University. Roebker is a former Covington Catholic and Xavier University standout.
Fraser-Roebker eliminated top-seeded multiple champions Doug Matthews and John Allare in Saturday’s semifinals. The second seeded team of Wyatt Lippert and Wil Lofgren lost in the quarterfinals.
The second-seeded women’s doubles team fell in the first round. The top-seeded duo of Marie Matrka and Kaitlyn Zinn needed a rally in Sunday’s final to defeat unseeded Danielle Donahue and Nicole Soutar, 6-7 (7-4), 6-2, 6-1.
Matrka captured her fourth Met doubles title. She won last year with Andrea Mosely. It’s Zinn’s first Met crown and second in her family. Father, Jeff Zinn, men’s tennis coach at Penn State University, is a former men’s doubles champ. “Dad won years ago. He was saying go out there and try to repeat history, and we got a win,” said Zinn, a former Xavier star from Loveland.
Matrka, a former Wilmington High School and Coastal Carolina standout, was denied her second Met mixed doubles title in the afternoon with partner Fraser. The top-seeded mixed team of Matthews and Cristina DiLorenzo, beat the second seeds, 6-3, 7-6 (6-4). DiLorenzo plays at Xavier.
For Matthews, a seven-time mixed champion and five-time doubles champ, it was his 15th Met crown. A former Musketeers standout promoted to Xavier men’s and women’s tennis coach June 1, Matthews is defending Met men’s singles champ and top seed at this week’s tournament. Lippert is the second seed. A grandson of event namesake, Thomas E. Price, Matthews is seeking his fourth Met singles crown.
Matrka, defending six-time women’s singles champ, also seeks her second Met crown in a week as the top seed in this week’s women’s tournament. Last year’s finalist, Amina Ismail, is seeded second.