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December 12-14
Atlanta Grand Masters at the Midtown Athletic Club

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The 12th annual DragonDocS Championships were held August 23-25, 2013,at the Midtown Athletic Club.

November 2013, by Clark Emerson

In the Pro Draw, 2011 Champion Lazarus Chilufya triumphed over 2012 Champion, Graham Bassett, in three games. In the semifinals, Chilufya beat Charleston pro Matt Jenson, 3-1. Bassett beat local pro Robby Lingashi 3-0.

On the amateur side, arguably the best match of the entire tournament, was the 6.0 finals, which featured a rematch of last year's 6.0s finalists, brothers Arhum and Danial Saleem. As in 2012, Danial defeated Arhum - this year in a70-minute, come-from-behind, 5-game victory.

There were a number of "feel-good" moments, including the two sponsors' plus two patrons' children or sibling distinguishing themselves in the Championships.

Dr. Gary Myerson's son, Aaron, won a come-back 5-game match over Sinan Aktar of Charleston, in the 5.0s. Dr. Pradeep Sinha's daughter, Priya, played terrific squash and managed to get to the finals of both the Men's 3.0s, and the Women's 3.0. Patrons the Doctors Patel's son, Vishan, played his best squash ever to win the 3.0s. And another patron, Guri Ben-Hashal, watched his sister, Anat Beardsley, win the Women's 3.0s.

A number of new faces & emerging players distinguished themselves. Garrett Donnelly won the 4.5s in convincing fashion. Will Grady and Andrew McReynolds both managed to make almost every match they played go 5 games in the 5.5s & 6.0s. And new face in town, Paul Marotta, won the 5.5, taking down many of Atlanta's best.

Another shout-out goes to the trio of Eugene du Plessis, Dominic Bashizi, and Jonahtan McMurry. In a display of competitive symmetry: McMurry beat Bashizi in 5; du Plessis beat MuMurry in 5; and Bashizi beat du Plessis in 5. Basjhizi is the 4.0 Champion, and du Plessis the 3.5 Champion.

Full draw results are available online at http://www.ussquash.com/tournaments/

The tournament sponsors and the 3.0 finalists

Dr. Soheil Saleem with his two sons, 6.0 champion Danial, and finalist Arhum.

Dr. Gary Myerson with 2013 DragonDocS Pro Champ Lazarus Chilufya