For some teams, nothing beats preparing for a major like one more week of tournament play. Doubles Take is here to take a look at the winners heading into the French Open.
KYRGIOS & SOCK POWER THROUGH
In Lyon, good buddies Jack Sock and Nick Kyrgios came away with the title, defeating Roman Jebavy and Matwe Middlekoop in the final.
Bandages https://t.co/nhQueDh2NL— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) May 26, 2018
It’s Sock’s third title of the year with a third partner, while Kyrgios won the first doubles tournament of his career. While that was a positive sign for the Australian health-wise, he was, unfortunately, able to make a go of it for the French Open.
WINNING TITLES IS A SCHUURS THING
Fresh off taking the title in Rome with Ashleigh Barty, Demi Schuurs is a winner once again, this time with Katarina Srebotnik in Nuremburg.
They denied Kirsten Flipkens and Johanna Larsson—who won the singles title—and Kirsten Flipkens in the final. It’s the fourth title of the year for Schuurs and the second for Srebotnik.
Unseeded and undaunted, Mihaela Buzarnescu and Raluca Olaru were crowned the champs at the WTA event in Strasbourg, with a straight-sets win over Nadiia Kichenok and Anastasia Rodionova in the final.
It’s the first WTA title for the veteran Buzarnescu, while her countrywoman Olaru won her second doubles tournament of the month and ninth of her career.
A FIRST AS THE NO. 1
A week after taking the top spot on the doubles rankings, Mate Pavic claimed his fourth title of the year with Oliver Marach in Geneva. The top seeds held off Munich champs Ivan Dodig and Rajeev Ram for their first tournament victory together on clay.
A LOOK AHEAD
The French Open is underway, and the Doubles Take preview will follow soon. Plus, be on the lookout for Doubles Take on a daily basis over the course of the tournament, featuring previews, recaps and matches to watch.
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