The Doubles Thread

tennis4me

Hall of Fame
The Greek duos will be playing against the #1 seed (and #1 rank) Cabal/Farah in Washington. Let's see whether they can beat the doubles specialist.
 

NaBUru38

Rookie
Cincinnati Masters:
  • Bob Bryan / Mike Bryan
  • Juan Sebastián Cabal / Robert Farah
  • Łukasz Kubot / Marcelo Melo
  • Novak Djokovic / Janko Tisparevic
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas / Nick Kyrgios
  • Dominic Thiem / Jan-Lennard Struff
  • Grigor Dimitrov / Fabio Fognini
  • Pierre-Hugues Herbert / Nicolas Mahut
  • Raven Klaasen / Michael Venus
  • Jean-Julien Rojer / Horia Tecău
  • Mate Pavić / Bruno Soares
  • Henri Kontinen / John Peers
  • Diego Schwartzman / Horacio Zeballos
  • Jack Sock / Ryan Harrison
  • Benoït Paire / Cristian Garín
 

spystud

G.O.A.T.
Coco Gauff and Caty McNally will get a chance to play doubles at the US Open and add to their winning streak as a team.

Gauff, the 15-year-old based in Florida who announced herself to the world at Wimbledon, and McNally, a 17-year-old from Ohio, were granted a doubles wild card by the U.S. Tennis Association on Saturday.

Each previously was given a wild card for the singles main draw, too. The tournament begins Monday.

A year ago, Gauff and McNally won a US Open junior title in doubles. They then picked up the first WTA trophy for each by winning the doubles title at the Citi Open in Washington this month.

McNally also reached her first tour-level semifinal in singles at that hard-court tournament.

Gauff's big breakthrough in singles came at the All England Club this year. She became the youngest qualifier in Wimbledon history, then beat Venus Williamsin the first round and made it to the fourth round before losing to eventual champion Simona Halep.
 

tennis4me

Hall of Fame
Wow, the WC Chinese pair (Gong/Zhang) defeated ex #1/#2 Kontinen/Peers in Beijing. I didn't see the match, but I often think that the no-ad system brings a lot of luck factor into doubles whereas if there's no no-ad system, the better team will prevail.

I had seen Gong/Zhang in Challenger matches before, though. They're actually quite decent.
 

fundrazer

Legend
Wow, the WC Chinese pair (Gong/Zhang) defeated ex #1/#2 Kontinen/Peers in Beijing. I didn't see the match, but I often think that the no-ad system brings a lot of luck factor into doubles whereas if there's no no-ad system, the better team will prevail.

I had seen Gong/Zhang in Challenger matches before, though. They're actually quite decent.
Doubles is a volatile game, yes. No ad, plus they play 3rd set super tie breaker.

Just saw this on twitter. Mahut with another circus shot

 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
why is it that all these guys playing in usta and amateur tennis knows NO strategy and dozens of different formations. these guys have been playing doubles for 10-15 years and they aren't stupid guys but they have no concept of strategy or different doubles formations. They all either serve and volley if advanced level or do that useless 1 up and 1 back formation.
 

Musterrific

Rookie
It is official at least for a week now.

On the other note, the way the ATP (doesn't at all) promotes doubles is awful.
Nobody cares about doubles. It's a bunch of hacks who aren't good enough for singles. If more top singles players actually bothered to play doubles on a consistent basis, then there would be a point in promoting it.
 
It is official at least for a week now.

On the other note, the way the ATP (doesn't at all) promotes doubles is awful.
Didn't even upload highlights on ATP Finals. Awful!
French Open also didn't upload Mens Double final except last year Herbert/Mahut as they're french.

On the other notes, can Herbert/Mahut complete Golden Slam + Finals?
 

tennis4me

Hall of Fame
Sad day for men's doubles. Number one doubles player Robert Farah pulled out from Australian Open for testing positive for Boldenone. His partner (Cabal) will play in AO with a different partner. Farah's tweet said it could be from contaminated Columbian meat.

In a related news, the Chilean Nicolas Jarry also tested positive.
 

JJGUY

Hall of Fame
Sad day for men's doubles. Number one doubles player Robert Farah pulled out from Australian Open for testing positive for Boldenone. His partner (Cabal) will play in AO with a different partner. Farah's tweet said it could be from contaminated Columbian meat.

In a related news, the Chilean Nicolas Jarry also tested positive.
well, that "excuse" no longer working, even it's true, he still needs to face the suspension. Nicholas Jarry's case is damn clear, he knowingly took PED, he is done!
 

AM75

Hall of Fame
well, that "excuse" no longer working, even it's true, he still needs to face the suspension. Nicholas Jarry's case is damn clear, he knowingly took PED, he is done!
Oh well there's always presumption of innocence. Anyway, If massive amounts of antibiotics which is fed to cattle can be traced in people who consume red meat, why steroids can't?
 

JJGUY

Hall of Fame
Oh well there's always presumption of innocence. Anyway, If massive amounts of antibiotics which is fed to cattle can be traced in people who consume red meat, why steroids can't?
it doesn't really matter, even it's tainted "meat", he still needs to take responsibility for testing positive, that applies to all professional players or athletes, it's their own responsibility not the agency to screen their dietary source, vitamin, mineral, supplement... the only difference is how many months he will be suspended, "unknowingly" if accepted may reduce the length of suspension but it cannot be used as an excuse to dodge the suspension.
 

mightyjeditribble

Hall of Fame
The men's doubles draw is looking interesting. Would love the Bryans to win another slam here but the next match against fourth seeds Dodig/Polasek could be tricky.

(Sent from my mobile phone, apologies for typos!)
 

spystud

G.O.A.T.
Barbora Krejcikova paid an emotional tribute to a passed compatriot when she successfully defended her Australian Open mixed doubles title.

Krejcikova and Nikola Mektic beat Jamie Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands5-7, 6-4 (10-1) in a fluctuating final under the closed roof at Rod Laver Arena on Saturday night.

The last woman to win consecutive Australian Open mixed doubles titles was Krejcikova's former mentor and fellow Czech, the late Jana Novotna, in 1988-89.

"It's still very hard for me to talk about it because she was really close to me," Krajcikova said. "She was living very close to me, like 15 minutes from me. I really spent a lot of time with her. I learned so many things,

"She was kind of like my mentor and my hero. Every time I play, I'm playing singles, doubles, mixed, I always try to think what she would think, like what she would help me or advise me -- I just love to think of her any time I can."

Former Wimbledon champion Novotna was 49 when she died of cancer in 2017.

"When we started together, she was doing everything with me. She was even hitting and doing the fitness and stuff. She was really fit," Krejcikova said. "Then when she got sick, she was more about being mentor and stuff. Spent so much time with her even afterwards when she found out that she was sick.

"It was such a deep experience for me to experience what was happening and what happened."

This was the debut tournament for Mektic and Krajcikova, a daunting assignment in the final against an experienced duo with multiple Grand Slam titles.

Mattek-Sands was bidding for her 10th Grand Slam title and Murray, the older brother of Andy Murray, a five-time Australian Open singles runner-up, was chasing his eighth major doubles title.

Krajcikova contacted Mektic once she realized American Rajeev Ram wasn't available this time.

"I had Nikola's number in my phone. I just wrote him a text message. In five minutes I got the response back. He was just so happy to play. I'm like, Yeah, let's go and try to win the title," she said.

Mektic added: "Yeah, I texted 'yes' before she has time to change her mind."

Krejcikova is now 4-0 in Grand Slam finals, also claiming women's doubles titles with fellow Czech Katerina Siniakova at the French Open and Wimbledon in 2018.

Mektic, a doubles specialist in Croatia's winning Davis Cup campaign in 2018, was playing only his second Grand Slam final after finishing runner-up in the 2018 U.S. Open mixed doubles with Polish partner Alicja Rosolska -- losing that time to Murray and Mattek-Sands.
 

spystud

G.O.A.T.
Sad day for men's doubles. Number one doubles player Robert Farah pulled out from Australian Open for testing positive for Boldenone. His partner (Cabal) will play in AO with a different partner. Farah's tweet said it could be from contaminated Columbian meat.
Cleared by the meat.

Top-ranked doubles player Robert Farah was cleared to play after the International Tennis Federation accepted on Monday that he tested positive for an anabolic agent from eating contaminated meat in his native Colombia.

Farah was provisionally suspended on Jan. 21, preventing him from playing in the Australian Open with longtime doubles partner Juan Sebastian Cabal. They won the two previous Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and the US Open and were the doubles team of the year in 2019.

Farah's sample given out of competition last October tested positive for Boldenone. He denied wrongdoing.

The ITF ruled he violated the tennis anti-doping program, but bore no fault or negligence, and was free to play.

The decision was subject to appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Colombian ministry of sports to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
 
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