Two very promising juniors in the late 80s, struggled with a difficult time in their careers in 1994. Both dropped outside the Top 100 & the “Hall of Fame” event helped them to regain the self-confidence. Wheaton  came to Newport having lost 5 of his previous 7 matches while Woodbridge  entered the tournament on a career-worst 8-match losing streak. The final had many twists & turns: Wheaton led with a break 2:1 in the 2nd set & *2:0 in the 3rd set. Then he survived an 8-deuce game (six BPs saved) at 2-all to lead 5:2* (30-all). He squandered a match point at 5:3 netting a volley from a good position & saved a mini-match point at 5-all with a volley winner. In the tie-break he led *6:2 before converted his fifth match point with a service winner. If Woodbridge had won the tie-break, it would have been his third straight victory in the deciding third set tie-break. The 25-year-old Wheaton never won a title afterwards.
Wheaton’s route to his third title:
1 Maurice Ruah 6-1, 6-2
2 Bryan Shelton 6-4, 6-4
Q David Prinosil 7-6(4), 6-1
S Mark Petchey 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
W Todd Woodbridge 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5)
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