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Tiburon man takes tennis crown, world's No. 1 ranking, at masters tournament

Tiburon’s Polo Cowan (right) and his doubles partner, Australian Garry Nadebaum, congratulate each other on Aug. 24 in Lisbon. The pair went on to win the 55-and-up men’s doubles at the International Tennis Federation’s Masters World Individual Championships. (International Tennis Federation)

Tiburon’s Polo Cowan returned home from a recent trip to Portugal with another international tennis tournament victory under his belt.

The 60-year-old was part of a winning men’s pair alongside Australian Garry Nadebaum at the International Tennis Federation’s Masters World Individual Championships, held in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 19-26.

Cowan and Nadebaum, 55, won in the 55-and-up category in men’s doubles. Federation rules allow for players like Cowan to play in age groups their junior, but prevent players from entering a more senior age group.

The tournament win cements Cowan’s ranking as the No. 1 men’s doubles player in the world age 60 and up, as ranked by the International Tennis Federation, tennis’ governing body. And it’s not Cowan’s first time on the mountaintop either.

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