SAN JOSE, Calif. - It doesn't appear that former VCU men's tennis star Frank Moser has any thought of slowing down any time soon. At the age of 36, most pro athletes would be on the back end of their careers, but Moser keeps coming back and making noise year after year.
On Sunday, Moser took home his first ATP Doubles Championship when he paired with Xavier Malisse to take upset former Grand Slam Champion Lleyton Hewitt and his partner, Marinko Matosevic, in the finals of the SAP Open in San Jose.
"It feels so nice. I was having so much fun playing with Xavier," Moser said. "I'm just really happy. I lost three times [in a final before] and I didn't want to lose another one."
Moser won his first ATP World Tour crown on his fourth attempt. The 36 year old finished runner-up to Malisse and Knowles with Kevin Anderson last year.
Moser and Malisse led 6-0, 4-0 before Hewitt and Matosevic ignited a comeback to take the second set. But Malisse and Moser regrouped in the decisive match tie-break to prevail in one hour and 26 minutes.
In August, Moser and Ivo Karlovic played at the 2012 U.S. Open against Argentines David Nalbandian and Eduardo Schwank. The showing marked Moser's 10th appearance at a Grand Slam event. Last year was also the first time the former Ram competed in all four events in the same year.
At VCU, Moser helped the Rams earn a spot in the only National Championship Appearance in school history when the Black & Gold battled perennial power Stanford in the 2000 NCAA National Championship.
During his senior year in 2001, Moser teamed with Florian Marquardt to make a run into the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship.