Defending champion Rajeev Ram beat fellow American Mackenzie McDonald, 6-2, 6-3, in the opening round of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships on Monday.
Ram, a two-time winner on Newport's grass courts — also in 2009 when he won his only other ATP title — needed just 65 minutes to get past the 21-year-old McDonald, making his tour debut.
The 32-year-old Ram won the first set in 33 minutes on a new-look center court area in the shadows of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
He said he enjoys coming back to Newport.
"For me, yeah, I've won two titles, they've both been here," he said. "I've played here every year since I've been a...