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Brothers — can live with them, can’t play doubles tennis without them?

That was the theme of Thursday’s Section 1 doubles championship at Harrison.

The finals came down to Hope and Courage Crawford of Mamaroneck and Jeremy and James Wei of Horace Greeley. The Crawfords came from behind to defeat the Wei brothers 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 to win the Section 1 title.

“It was kind of like a family battle,” Hope said of the finals. “They’re brothers and so are we. I felt like we had to represent and play for our family a little bit.”

For the Crawfords, this match wasn’t just about their “blood family.”

“We had to represent our Mamaroneck family,” Courage said. “We couldn’t go down without a fight and that’s what we did.”

The Crawfords were down after the Wei brothers took the first set 6-3 when they changed their strategy.

“We realized we had to come in more and finish at the net,” Courage said. “Doubles is all about those quick points — those quick energizing points. You build off of those. In the first set we didn’t do that. In the second two, we realized what our coach (Tim Rooker) was saying, to come in, and we did exactly that.”

Hope Crawford of Mamaroneck, playing with his brother and partner Courage Crawford, returns the ball during the doubles semifinal match in the Section 1 tennis championships, May 21, 2015 at Harrison High School. The Crawford brothers won (6-3, 7-5).

Hope Crawford of Mamaroneck, playing with his brother and partner Courage Crawford, returns the ball during the doubles semifinal match in the Section 1 tennis championships, May 21, 2015 at Harrison High School. The Crawford brothers won (6-3, 7-5).

Both the Crawford’s and the Wei’s will be representing Section 1 at the state championships held at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing begining Thursday. Joining them will be the Arlington tandem of Sean Gorwara and Mark Cukaj who defeated Mamaroneck’s Sam McGrath and Nick Lee 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2.

The singles championship match between Jimmy Purdy of Bronxville and Hayden Cassone of John Jay didn’t happen due to an injury to Cassone. By default, Purdy is the 2015 Section 1 singles champion.

In the singles tournament, Jonny Dorf of Scarsdale defeated Sachin Ganesh of Fox Lane 6-4, 6-3 to grab the final spot on the Section 1 singles team.

Being that Dorf is a senior, the win means a lot.

“I’ve always wanted to go states,” Dorf said. “I’m glad to go and I’m looking forward to playing next week.”

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