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May 16, 2014

The Nick and Niko show heads Ken West Tennis

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Tonawanda News — “Nick brings a lot of power and strength,” Mancuso said. “He’s consistent,too. He’s a really good player so he’s great to have as a partner.”

Siegel said the mix of Mancuso’s finesse and Atallah’s power should give them that balance to where Nick can put away points while Niko pushes opponents into unforced errors.

“I’m totally excited see the two of them play because both of their styles of game should mesh really, really well,” said Siegel.

Atallah, who went to the NFL singles tournament last season, said he’s looking forward to teaming with Mancuso once again.

“I think singles, it was definitely different last year going by myself than my first year when I had Niko going with me,” said Atallah. “So it’s going to be better having someone going with me. That’s why I like doubles. You have someone to support you and be with you if you have a bad day or anything like that.”

While Atallah, Mancuso and Siegel believe the two won’t need much time to recapture their timing as a duo, Siegel planned on having them matched as the Blue Devils first doubles team in their match against Niagara Wheatfield on Thursday to help them regain that feel for being partners.

For Mancuso, with his high school days fading and college at UB in the future, going out as an NFL doubles champ and going to sectionals with Atallah would be the perfect way to cap off his career.

“I’m really excited,” said Mancuso. “It’s my last year, especially (going) with Nick, he’s a really great partner. So I think we’re going to have a lot of success.”

Though Atallah knows he has one more year of high school sports and he said he’s going all out for Niko to help make his final season a memorable one. Because he knows Niko would do the same for him.

“Hopefully we should be at the top this year and get to sectionals this year for Niko for his last year,” Atallah said.

That’s just the way the Nick and Niko show rolls.

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