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Gomez, Purcell Win Opening Doubles

March 3, 1998

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) _ Andres Gomez and Mel Purcell won the opening doubles match over Gene Mayer and Tim Wilkison 3-6, 6-3, 11-9 at the senior tour’s $300,000 Nuveen Masters Championship on Monday.

Last week Gomez defeated Guillermo Vilas to win the $150,000 Citibank Champions in Delray Beach, making himself the favorite to win the $300,000 Masters.

``Doubles is a different game,″ Gomez said. ``But it feels good just being out there hitting shots and feeling confident. I’m playing well.″

The Nuveen Masters is the last event on the 1997-98 worldwide senior tennis tour schedule.

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