Tuesday, 20/2/2018 | 5:27 UTC+0

Double Trouble: Week 12 Doubles Round-Up

Last week we were on the cusp of something truly spectacular. This week, it happened.

The Record Breaker

He may have failed to record a victory this week but quite frankly he is unlikely to care that much right now. Defeat for Marcelo Melo in the first round out in Miami meant that Jamie Murray moved to the top of the world doubles rankings, becoming the first Brit to ever do so since the current ranking system came into operation.

Jamie has had a remarkable twelve months to reach these lofty heights. Alongside John Peers he three Masters quarter-finals, as well as winning an ATP 500 tournament in Hamburg. Yet their most notable success came in reaching the finals of both the US Open and Wimbledon. Their marvellous form carried them to the World Tour Finals for the first time before the pair split and Jamie joined forces with Brazilian Bruno Soares.

Few would have predicted the pair would gel in quite the manner that they have. Not only have they romped to the Sydney 250 title but they then went on to win the season opening Grand Slam down in Melbourne – Jamie collecting his first ever men’s doubles Grand Slam trophy.

Congratulations to Jamie Murray. He has forever written his name into British tennis’ history books.

The So-Close-But-So-Far

Outside of Jamie Murray’s fantastic achievement, there were some players that actual claimed some victories on the doubles court this week.

Amanda Carreras has been a regular part of the Double Trouble feature so far and this week she was back making another late tournament run alongside regular Italian partner, Alice Savoretti. The pair were made to sweat in their quarter-final against the wildcard pairing of Mathilde Armitano and Katarina Zavatska but came through 10-7 in the third.

After a walkover to the final they came up against the Russian pair Aleksandra Pospelova and Alina Silich. Despite a stellar week, the Brit and her partner came up short in the final, eventually succumbing two and two.

Carreras wasn’t the only Brit to make it to the weekend though. Evan Hoyt was in action alongside Canada’s Martin Beran in France. The signs looked good from the off as Hoyt and Beran upset the Brazilian second seeds 6-3 6-4 in the opening round.

The next two rounds had a very French feel about them as Hoyt and Beran first defeated Constantin Beran and Joffrey de Schepper and then followed that up with another upset over the fourth seeds Mick Lescure and Alexandre Sidorenko to reach the final.

Facing Andreas Mies and Oscar Otte , they took an early lead, claiming the first set 6-4. However the Germans fought back, taking the second by the same scoreline before battling to win the tie-break 10-7 and condemn Hoyt to a runners-up trophy.

The Rest


The joint ATP and WTA tournament was the only event on both tours this week but there was very little action on either sides.

Heather Watson received an exciting wildcard alongside Monica Puig but there was to be few fireworks as they exited in the first round at the hands of Margarita Gasparyan and Monica Niculescu, losing 6-1 2-6 10-5.

There was no second round appearance for Dom Inglot either, as he and Robert Lindstedt fell to seasoned singles players Roberto Bautista Agut and Victor Troicki.


Third seeds Richard Gabb and James Marsalek once again had a decent doubles run as they lived up to their seeding and reached the semi-finals in Israel.

Jordan Dyke and Jeremy Langer were their first round victims and they followed that up by making even shorter work of Guy Michelevitz and Motvey Radionov in the quarter-final. However, the class of the second seeds, Aleksandre Metreveli and Vladimir Uzhylovsky, proved too much in the semi-finals as they were defeated 6-3 7-6(4)

Making the most of a wildcard in Naples, Ali Collins and Victoria Emma emerged victorious from a topsy-turvy match first round clash against the Americans Jamie Loeb and Sanaz Marand, eventually scraping through 10-8 in the third. With their first round toils taking its toll, they were routinely dispatched in the quarter finals by fourth seeds Valeria Solovyeva and Maryna Zanevsky.

Out in Egypt Toby Martin kept it local as he paired up with Irishman Peter Bothwell. Despite a tough draw, the duo began in excellent fashion, defeating fourth seeds Andrea Vavassori and Francesco Vilardo to advance to the quarter-finals. Oliver Hudson fell in the first round to the Czech pair of Tomas Papik and Matej Vocel.

In fact, Papik and Vocel would prove to be a thorn in the side of British hopes this week as they comfortably defeated Martin and Bothwell 6-2 6-4 in their quarter-final encounter.

After a superb bagel and breadstick victory in the first round, there was anguish for Francesca Stephenson and Luisa Marie Huber as they were forced to retire 6-2 3-0 down during their quarter-final tie in Egypt.

There was disappointment for fourth seeds Luke Bambridge and Liam Broady in American as they fell 7-5(6) 4-6 10-5 to experienced Australian pair Matthew Barton and Matt Reid.

No more luck was had by the Brits down under, as both Lisa Whybourn and Katy Dunne failed to make any significant impact on their respective doubles opponents in Canberra./span>

In fact, there were a whole host of first round losses across a number of continents for our Brits to mull over this week. Emily Webley-Smith bit the dust to a Chinese pair playing in their home tournament whilst Joe Cooper also fell in the opening round in Azerbaijan.

Turkey saw action from three Brits with Imran Aswat and Robbie Ridout teaming up whilst Piers Farhang joined forced with Peter Lang. However, neither pair was able to make any impact whatsoever, as both were routinely dispatched. The final first round losers were Luke Simkiss in Tunisia and Jazzamay Drew in Antalya.



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