2014 ATP WORLD TOUR SEASON
Friends Reunited & New Doubles Teams For 2014
Best Of 2013
by ATP Staff|
ATPWorldTour.com takes a look at new doubles pairings (and some old friends reuniting) for the 2014 ATP World Tour season.
Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic
One of the most successful teams in recent years, Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, are re-uniting 15 months after their last title-winning outing at the 2012 Swiss Indoors Basel. "We both want to see if we still possess magic," said 41-year-old Nestor in October.
The Canadian-Serbian team first joined forces in October 2007 and went on to collect 23 tour-level trophies through to the end of the 2010 season, when they won the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (d. Bhupathi-Mirnyi). The duo lifted three Grand Slam titles (2008-09 Wimbledon and 2010 Roland Garros) from five finals.
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Rohan Bopanna & Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi
"The Indo-Pak Express" will play together for the first time since November 2011. Rohan Bopanna, who teamed up with eight partners in 2013, said, "Aisam[-Ul-Haq Qureshi] and I have matured. Playing with other partners we got to know our strengths and weaknesses. I’m sure we’ll be a force to reckon with… I am delighted to be back with my old friend as we have a great understanding on and off the court."
Between 2007 and 2011, the Indian-Pakistani tandem compiled a 4-7 record in finals, including one ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title at the 2011 BNP Paribas Masters (d. Benneteau-Mahut) and a runner-up finish at the 2010 US Open (l. to Bryans). They will compete at next week's Aircel Chennai Open.
"I am excited to be playing with Rohan Bopanna again," Qureshi told ATPWorldTour.com. "Not only is he a great player, but a very good friend. We have a long history together – from playing Futures to teaming up in the Challenger Circuit and our first tours on the ATP. Rohan and I went through a lot together back in 2010, both on court and off court as the ‘Indo-Pak Express’ received a lot of media. I think we both grew as persons because of that and hopefully, we have improved as tennis players and I look forward to playing again together this year."
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Colin Fleming & Ross Hutchins
Ross Hutchins makes a welcome return to professional tennis in 2014. Hutchins partnered Colin Fleming in 2011 and 2012, when the British duo won three ATP World Tour titles, reached two Grand Slam quarter-finals and served an alternate team at the 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Soon after, Hutchins was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma and subsequently underwent six months of chemotherapy.
Hutchins said, "I really enjoy playing with Colin, I think we have a bond that I haven't felt with other people. Playing with Colin has helped me rekindle my love for the game." They will play next week at the Brisbane International.
Rojer, who went 4-3 in ATP World Tour finals with Qureshi over the past two seasons, teams up with Tecau, the three-time former Wimbledon finalist with Lindstedt. Lindstedt will partner Melzer, who won the 2010 Wimbledon and 2011 US Open crowns with Philipp Petzschner. Knowle, 39, joins forces with 23-year-old Pospisil, while Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin unite in an all-French team.