Mika Immonen Makes History

Story & photos by NYC Grind Contributor, Alison M. Fischer

Mika Immonen

Mika Immonen

Pool fans from across the country gathered at the final day of the US Open 9-ball Championships in Chesapeake, VA, as they watched the showdown of the final four players, out of a field that started with 216.

And these fans did in fact get to see history in the making, as Mika Immonen was crowned US Open 9-ball Champion for the second consecutive time.  This had only been done once before, by Nick Varner nearly twenty years ago, with his back-to-back wins in 1989 and 1990.

Everyone had all but written off Mika Immonen as a contender in this event, with an early loss to Chris Bartram in only the second round.  After this loss, Mika had a long grind through the one-loss side, winning twelve matches to make it to the finals.

Courtesy of NYC Grind

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