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Healey the hero in a thrilling WTT final

While most top-tier players are competing at the Cincinnati Masters and preparing for the Olympics, others got their tennis fix by taking part in World Team Tennis -- in which rowdy, NASCAR-like fans, beer aplenty and playful banter between the players are the norm.

Updated: July 30, 2008, 12:18 PM ET
By Joel Drucker | Special to ESPN.com

ROSEVILLE, Calif. -- You'd have to be one big-time tennis wonk to recognize Nathan Healey. The 28-year-old Australian's highest singles ranking has been 157. As has often been the case with players from that collegial nation, he's fared better in doubles, five years ago getting as high as 58th in the world. Though the players you're more familiar with are headed to ATP events in Cincinnati, Los Angeles and the Beijing Olympics, Healey's next stop is a Challenger event in Binghamton, N.Y.

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