With Indian Wells and Miami on the horizon, the players get in their last licks before their attempt at the “Sunshine Double.” Presenting to you, Doubles Take.
REPEAT PERFORMERS, PART 1
At the Mexican Open in Acapulco, Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares defended their title, beating Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in straight sets. It’s hard to stop Murray and Soares when they’re playing like this:
The final also marked the 350th career doubles win for Murray, and the two defended a title for the first time.
REPEAT PERFORMERS, PART 2
In Dubai, defending champs Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau were pushed to the brink in their opener, but after that victory, settled into a groove and won the rest of their matches in straight sets—including the final over the unseeded duo of James Cerretani and Leander Paes.
It’s the 17th title together for the two-time Grand Slam champions.
A RETURN TO THE WINNERS' CIRCLE
Let’s go back to Acapulco, where the women’s title went to the unseeded duo of Heather Watson and Tatjana Maria. In the final, they topped Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria.
It’s the first title in two years for both players.
At the Brasil Open, the final stop of the “Golden Swing”—the winter clay-court stretch through Latin America—the title went to Federico Delbonis and Maximo Gonzalez. The Argentinians defeated Wesley Koolhof and Artem Sitak in straight sets.
It’s the first career doubles title for Delbonis, while Gonzalez won his fourth—and first since 2016.
NEWS & NOTES
If you see a sudden rush to the signup sheet for doubles at Indian Wells, blame tournament director Tommy Haas. The former world No. 2 announced that there will be a $1 million bonus for anyone who takes the singles and doubles titles at the tournament. Indian Wells is already renowned for doubles draws full of singles players. Who knows what it will look like this year?
Speaking of Indian Wells…
A LOOK AHEAD
The year’s second big tournament will get its own Doubles Take treatment when the draw’s out. Stay tuned!
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