Isner Through, Bogomolov Falls in Delray Beach Second Round

Singles – Second Round
[1] J Isner (USA) d R Sweeting (USA) 63 64
[Q] M Matosevic (AUS) d [6] A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) 46 61 63
[8] B Tomic (AUS) d [Q] T Smyczek (USA) 61 75
E Gulbis (LAT) d S Darcis (BEL) 67(6) 61 63

Doubles – First Round
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d J Nieminen (FIN) / V Troicki (SRB) 76(4) 62
[4] M Knowles (BAH) / X Malisse (BEL) d *[Alt] S Ianni (ITA) / D Kudla (USA) 64 63
M Mertinak (SVK) / A Sa (BRA) d D Norman (BEL) / A Siljestrom (SWE) 64 36 10-5
S Darcis (BEL) / O Rochus (BEL) d [WC] N Monroe (USA) / J Sock (USA) 67(10) 63 10-2
M Elgin (RUS) / D Istomin (UZB) d **[Alt] J Ward (GBR) / M Yani (USA) 64 62

*[Alt] S Ianni (ITA) / D Kudla (USA) replaced C Ball (AUS) / A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) – Bogomolov (illness)
**[Alt] J Ward (GBR) / M Yani (USA) replaced [2] J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) – Melzer (back)

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STADIUM start 11:00 am
D Sela (ISR) vs J Nieminen (FIN)
Not Before 12:30 PM
[5] P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs I Dodig (CRO)
Not Before 2:30 PM
X Malisse (BEL) vs [7] K Anderson (RSA)
Not Before 7:15 PM
[4] A Roddick (USA) vs D Istomin (UZB)
Not Before 9:00 PM
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs I Karlovic (CRO) / F Moser (GER)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
[WC] N Monroe (USA) / J Sock (USA) vs [3] C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR)
Not Before 4:30 PM
[4] M Knowles (BAH) / X Malisse (BEL) vs M Mertinak (SVK) / A Sa (BRA) – After Suitable Rest



Kleybanova Battles Back From Cancer to Receive Sony Ericsson Open Wildcard

The 2012 Sony Ericsson Open has extended a main draw wildcard to WTA former World No. 20 Alisa Kleybanova.


The 22-year-old Russian was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphona in May 2011 and was forced to withdraw from the season’s remaining tournaments to undergo treatment. Before she was compelled to step away from the game, Kleybanova was a rising star on the WTA tour. She collected her first two career singles titles in 2010, and was off to a strong start in 2011 where she reached a career-high ranking of No. 20 in the world.


“We are pleased to extend a wildcard to Alisa,” said tournament director Adam Barrett. “She has shown tremendous perseverance and determination to return to the court and I know that her story can be an inspiration to others.”


Kleybanova has completed all of her tests and has begun training for her return to the tour. The Sony Ericsson Open will mark her 2012 debut.


“I finished my treatments in December and a couple of weeks ago I did my last tests in Italy,” said Kleybanova. “The treatments were successful, my doctors are happy with my health and I’m feeling great!”


The tournament awarded several wildcard entries last week; including seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams; Chilean Fernando Gonzalez who will retire after the tournament; and former World No. 6 David Nalbandian.


The women’s main draw begins on Tuesday, March 20, while the men’s main draw kicks off the following day on Wednesday, March 21. The qualifying rounds will be held Monday and Tuesday, March 19 and 20.




BNP Paribas Open Announces Wildcards Which Include Nalbandian, Querrey and Mirza

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., Feb. 29, 2012 – Former top-five player David
Nalbandian; Americans Sam Querrey, Jack Sock, Denis Kudla, Robby
Ginepri, Irina Falconi, Sloane Stephens, Jamie Hampton, Coco
Vandeweghe, Lauren Davis and Jill Craybas; and Sania Mirza and Urszula
Radwanska were granted wildcards into the main draws of the BNP
Paribas Open, to be held March 5-18 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden,
it was announced today by Steve Simon, tournament director.

Nalbandian has won 11 ATP World Tour titles since turning professional
in 2000 and reached the 2002 Wimbledon finals in his first appearance
at the event. The Argentine and former World No. 3 will be making his
ninth appearance at the BNP Paribas Open. His best result in Indian
Wells was when he reached the quarterfinals in 2008.

American Sam Querrey reached a career-high ranking of No. 17 in the
world at the beginning of 2011 before injuries sidelined him for much
of the year. Currently just inside the top 100, the six-time ATP World
Tour titlist and Southern California native is working his way back up
the rankings and looking to continue that trend at the BNP Paribas

Seven young Americans have been granted wildcards into the main draws
including 19-year-old Jack Sock, who paired with Melanie Oudin to win
the 2011 US Open mixed doubles title; 19-year-old Denis Kudla, who
reached the second round at San Jose this month and is at a
career-high ranking; 21-year-old Irina Falconi, who defeated two
higher-ranked opponents to reach the third round of the 2011 US Open;
soon-to-be 19-year-old (her birthday is March 2) Sloane Stephens, who
is the second youngest player in the WTA top 100; 22-year-old Jamie
Hampton, who is at a career-high ranking of No. 104; 20-year-old
Californian Coco Vandeweghe, who first played at the BNP Paribas Open
in 2007 when she was only 15; and 18-year-old Lauren Davis, who won
two ITF titles in 2011. Along with these Americans, 21-year-old
Urszula Radwanska, younger sister to World No. 5 Agnieszka, was also
granted a wildcard into the main draw.

Three veterans receiving main draw wildcards are Robby Ginepri, Jill
Craybas and Sania Mirza. Ginepri reached a career high No. 15 in the
world in 2005, a season that included a run to the semifinals of the
US Open. His first appearance at the BNP Paribas Open came back in
2003, where he reached the quarterfinals. Craybas turned professional
in 1996 and will be making her 12th consecutive appearance at the BNP
Paribas Open. Mirza, from India, owns one singles title, and is also
an accomplished doubles player. She owns 13 doubles titles, including
the 2011 BNP Paribas Open (with Elena Vesnina).

“Wildcards have always presented the BNP Paribas Open with a way to
provide a mix of players from veterans to rising stars to top players
that might be returning from injury the opportunity to shine in the
main draw,” said Simon. “Adding players like David Nalbandian; Jack
Sock, Irina Falconi and Sloane Stephens; and former top 20 star Sam
Querrey only strengthens our already incredible fields.”

Qualifying wildcards were given to Americans Steve Johnson, Tim
Smyczek, Daniel Kosakowski and Julia Cohen, and to Belgian Steve
Darcis and Puerto Rican Monica Puig.

Reigning NCAA Singles Champion Johnson has led the USC Trojans to
three straight NCAA team championships and has returned for his senior
year. Smyczek fought through qualifying at the BNP Paribas Open in
2011 and reached the second round of the main draw, losing in a tight
third set tiebreak. Kosakowski battled through the 2011 BNP Paribas
Open pre-qualifying tournament to earn wildcards into the qualifying
draw. Cohen has won two ITF titles in 2011. Darcis has won two ATP
World Tour titles in his career. Puig recently captured the silver
medal at the Pan American Games, defeating top seed Christina McHale
to reach the finals.

In addition to three women’s qualifying wildcards the tournament has
yet to give, the winners of each pre-qualifying tournament, which
takes place February 27-March 3, will also be granted a berth into the
2012 BNP Paribas Open qualifying draw. Women’s qualifying starts March
5 and men’s qualifying begins March 6.


Klahn and Thatcher of Stanford to Defend Pacific Coast Doubles Championships




Second-oldest tennis event in the U.S. will take place March 1-4 at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club


La Jolla, Calif. – (February 29, 2012) – The Stanford University duo of Bradley Klahn, a Poway, Calif. resident, and Ryan Thacher of Studio City, Calif. will return to the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club to defend their title at the 123rd Annual Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Tennis Championships.


The prestigious doubles-only event, which features a unique tournament format, will take place from Thursday, March 1 through Sunday, March 4.


Klahn and Thacher won the title last year when they defeated Remi Boutillier and Rikus de Villiers of Fresno State University, 6-1, 6-2 in the final. In 2010, Klahn and Thacher finished as the runner-up as they fell in the final to Robert Farah and Steve Johnson of the University of Southern California, 6-3, 6-2.


In this year’s tournament, Klahn and Thacher received a first-round bye and will face the winner of the first-round match between Ryan Peyton and Michael Rosengren of Villanova University and Robert Ankner and Christian McKean of Boston College in their opening match.


The Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Tennis Championships offers players and spectators one of the most interesting and unique competitor fields in the country according to Bill Kellogg, tournament director and President of the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.


“This event is not only a showcase for some of the best collegiate players in the nation, but also for a strong field of independent players such as top teaching pros, promising juniors, college coaches and even former tour players,” Kellogg said.


Among the NCAA Men’s college teams that have entered the 123rd Annual Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Tennis Championships are Pepperdine University, Stanford University, UCLA, USC, U C Berkeley, Rice University, Boston College, Villanova University, College of William and Mary, Loyola Marymount University, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges, and Fresno State University, plus local teams from San Diego State University, University of San Diego and University of California, San Diego.


“With the combination of top collegiate players and experienced independent players, the level of competition is going to very high from the first round all through the tournament finals,” Kellogg said.


Spectator admission to the 123rd Annual Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Tennis Championships is free and open to the public. On-site parking is available for a nominal fee.


For the full tournament draw and list of seeded players, go to:



Named “Club of the Year” for 2011 by the San Diego District Tennis Association and one of the “Top 50 Tennis Resorts in the World” by Tennis Resorts Online, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s reputation as a top tennis destination started when it attracted its first major tournament – the Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship in 1942. 


The Annual Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship is one of the five-oldest tennis events in the world and the second oldest tennis event in the United States. First held in 1890 at The Hotel Del Monte in Monterey, California, the event was created to promote the sale of real estate on the Monterey peninsula. The original concept pitted the best players from the East versus those from the West. This coast-to-coast rivalry was the inspiration for the Davis Cup. Past winners of the Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship include Jack Kramer, Ted Schroeder, Bobby Riggs, Pancho Segura, Don Budge, Tony Trabert, Stan Smith, Bob Lutz, Arthur Ashe, Dennis Ralston, John McEnroe, and many other world-class champions.


Seven of Top Eight Seeds in Quarterfinals in Dubai


Singles - Second Round
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d S Stakhovsky (UKR) 76(5) 63
[2] R Federer (SUI) d F Lopez (ESP) 75 63
[3] A Murray (GBR) d [Q] M Chiudinelli (SUI) 63 64
[4] J Tsonga (FRA) d L Rosol (CZE) 63 64
[5] T Berdych (CZE) d [Q] L Lacko (SVK) 61 62
M Youzhny (RUS) d [6] M Fish (USA) 62 76(0)
[7] J Tipsarevic (SRB) d F Cipolla (ITA) 67(2) 61 61
[8] J Del Potro (ARG) d [Q] A Golubev (KAZ) 64 62

Doubles – First Round
[1] M Llodra (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d [WC] M Ilhan (TUR) / M Jaziri (TUN) 61 63
[2] R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU) d L Paes (IND) / J Tipsarevic (SRB) 64 75
[4] M Bhupathi (IND) / R Bopanna (IND) d L Dlouhy (CZE) / A Dolgopolov (UKR) 64 75
P Hanley (AUS) / J Murray (GBR) d A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) 46 76(12) 10-6 – saved 3 M.P.


CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
[3] A Murray (GBR) vs [5] T Berdych (CZE) – ATP

Not Before 5:00 PM
M Youzhny (RUS) vs [2] R Federer (SUI) – ATP

Not Before 7:00 PM
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [7] J Tipsarevic (SRB) – ATP
[8] J Del Potro (ARG) vs [4] J Tsonga (FRA) – ATP

COURT 1 start 2:00 pm
J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR) vs [2] R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU) – ATP
M Kohlmann (GER) / S Stakhovsky (UKR) vs [3] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) – ATP
[1] M Llodra (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs J Knowle (AUT) / A Peya (AUT) – ATP
[4] M Bhupathi (IND) / R Bopanna (IND) vs P Hanley (AUS) / J Murray (GBR) – ATP


Houston Initial Acceptance List Includes Four Former Champions

Four former winners of the US Men’s Clay Court Championship headline the initial acceptance list for the 2012 tournament that will be played April 9-15 at River Oaks Country Club.

Defending champion Ryan Sweeting will be joined in the field by former champions Marcel Granollers (2008), Ivo Karlovic (2007) and World No. 8 Mardy Fish (2006). They are joined in the field by James Blake, who was a two-time winner of the River Oaks International (2003, ’05).

Blake is also one of three US Men’s Clay Court Championship finalists in the field. The 2008 runner-up is joined by countrymen Sam Querrey (2010) and Wayne Odesnik (2009) in returning to River Oaks.

Those Americans are part of a contingent of eight US players in the field. Joining Sweeting, Fish, Blake, Querrey and Odesnik will be John Isner, who reached a career high ranking of No. 11 this week, Ryan Harrison and Bobby Reynolds.

“It is a great sign for the tournament to have so many players coming back to a place where they have previously had success,” said tournament director Van Barry. “This field represents a great mix of Americans as well as international stars, some very accomplished clay court players, veteran talent and rising stars. We really feel there is something for every fan with this roster of players.”

Here’s a look at the initial field and their ranking as of February 27, 2012:
44 Carlos Berlocq (ARG)
63 James Blake (USA)
35 Alex Bogomolov, Jr. (RUS)
8 Mardy Fish (USA)
101 Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
28 Marcel Granollers (ESP)
65 Ryan Harrison (USA)
11 John Isner (USA)
105 Tatsuma Ito (JPN)
41 Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
77 Igor Kunitsyn (RUS)
102 Paolo Lorenzi (ITA)
66 Xavier Malisse (BEL)
108 Wayne Odesnik (USA)
109 Bjorn Phau (GER)
103 Eric Prodon (FRA)
87 Sam Querrey (USA)
113 Bobby Reynolds (USA)
100 Joao Souza (BRA)
82 Ryan Sweeting (USA)
98 Adrian Ungur (ROU)

Four other players will join the field through the qualifying tournament that begins April 7. Three players will also be awarded wild cards into the field.

The doubles field will be announce just before the tournament, but four-time winners of the US Men’s Clay Court Championship Bob and Mike Bryan have committed to return and defend their title once again.

It’s not too late to purchase individual session tickets and the very popular “Champ Pass” for the 2012 US Men’s Clay Court Championship! The Champ Pass includes a ticket to the Friday, Saturday and Sunday sessions, which are usually sold out before the tournament begins. Information on tickets can be found at www.mensclaycourt.com


Acapulco Results and Schedule

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Singles – First Round

(1) Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Sílvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 62 76(5)
(2) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) 64 62
(3) Sara Errani (ITA) d. Irina Falconi (USA) 61 61
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. (5) Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) 26 75 76(3)
(6) Johanna Larsson (SWE) d. (Q) Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ) 16 64 63
Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) d. (Q) Petra Rampre (SLO) 62 64
Michaella Krajicek (NED) d. Alexandra Cadantu (ROU) 75 36 63
Anna Tatishvili (GEO) d. Eva Birnerova (CZE) 64 46 63
(Q) Edina Gallovits-Hall (ROU) d. Greta Arn (HUN) 75 75
(Q) Mariana Duque-Mariño (COL) d. (WC) Nadia Abdala (MEX) 61 60
(LL) Estrella Cabeza Candela (ESP) d. Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) 64 64

Doubles – First Round
(3) Begu/Cornet (ROU/FRA) d. Babos/Birnerova (HUN/CZE) 63 61
Brianti/Camerin (ITA/ITA) d. Bacsinszky/Larsson (SUI/SWE) 46 64 105 (Match TB)

Men’s Singles – First Round
[1] D Ferrer (ESP) d [WC] S Gonzalez (MEX) 61 62
[2] N Almagro (ESP) d [Q] P Riba (ESP) 62 36 62
C Berlocq (ARG) d [3] G Simon (FRA) 76(5) 63
[4] K Nishikori (JPN) d A Montanes (ESP) 62 41 ret. (back)
A Ramos (ESP) d [6] J Monaco (ARG) 76(2) 53 ret. (dehydration)
[8] F Verdasco (ESP) d F Volandri (ITA) 60 62
L Kubot (POL) d [WC] D Garza (MEX) 61 63
S Giraldo (COL) d D Nalbandian (ARG) 62 62
S Wawrinka (SUI) d J Ferrero (ESP) 26 63 64
J Chardy (FRA) d R Machado (POR) 76(4) 63

Doubles – First Round
D Ferrer (ESP) / A Ramos (ESP) d [3] E Butorac (USA) / B Soares (BRA) 76(1) 75
[Alt] J Souza (BRA) / F Volandri (ITA) d L Kubot (POL) / F Mayer (GER) 62 67(4) 10-7
M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) d P Andujar (ESP) / C Berlocq (ARG) 63 64
D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) d [WC] L Diaz-Barriga (MEX) / C Ramirez (MEX) 61 61


CANCHA CENTRAL start 3:00 pm
[1] R Vinci (ITA) vs S Foretz Gacon (FRA) – WTA
Not Before 5:00 PM
[8] F Verdasco (ESP) vs J Chela (ARG) – ATP
M Rybarikova (SVK) vs [WC] X Hermoso (MEX) – WTA
Not Before 9:00 PM
[1] D Ferrer (ESP) vs L Kubot (POL) – ATP

CANCHA 2 start 3:00 pm
M Czink (HUN) vs [7] [LL] E Cabeza Candela (ESP) – WTA
Not Before 4:30 PM
B Paire (FRA) vs [2] N Almagro (ESP) – ATP
J Chardy (FRA) vs [4] K Nishikori (JPN) – ATP
S Arvidsson (SWE) vs [2] F Pennetta (ITA) – WTA
J Chardy (FRA) / G Simon (FRA) vs [2] S Gonzalez (MEX) / C Kas (GER) – ATP

CANCHA 3 start 3:00 pm
S Giraldo (COL) vs [7] M Granollers (ESP) – ATP
P Andujar (ESP) vs [5] F Mayer (GER) – ATP
[3] S Errani (ITA) vs [Q] E Gallovits-Hall (ROU) – WTA
A Ramos (ESP) vs S Wawrinka (SUI) – ATP

CANCHA 4 start 3:00 pm
A Tatishvili (GEO) vs [4] I Begu (ROU) – WTA
C Berlocq (ARG) vs P Starace (ITA) – ATP
[6] J Larsson (SWE) vs [Q] M Duque-Marino (COL) – WTA
M Krajicek (NED) or A Cadantu (ROU) vs [8] A Brianti (ITA) – WTA

CANCHA 1 start 4:00 pm
[4] D Bracciali (ITA) / J Cabal (COL) vs T Bellucci (BRA) / M Melo (BRA) – ATP
After Suitable Rest
A Dulgheru (ROU) / S Foretz Gacon (FRA) vs [WC] G Dulko (ARG) / P Suarez (ARG) – WTA
After Suitable Rest
J Chela (ARG) / E Schwank (ARG) vs N Almagro (ESP) / L Mayer (ARG) – ATP
[3] I Begu (ROU) / A Cornet (FRA) vs T Malek (GER) / J Woehr (GER) – WTA


Isner and Roddick Outlast Opponents, Cilic and Troicki Ousted in Delray Beach



Singles – First Round
[1] J Isner (USA) d [WC] J Levine (USA) 64 76(15)
J Nieminen (FIN) d [2] M Cilic (CRO) 63 36 62
S Darcis (BEL) d [3] V Troicki (SRB) 64 46 64
[4] A Roddick (USA) d P Petzschner (GER) 46 64 61
[5] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d O Rochus (BEL) 61 64
[6] A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) d [Q] M Yani (USA) 63 61
[7] K Anderson (RSA) d [Q] A Krajicek (USA) 61 64
[Q] T Smyczek (USA) d J Melzer (AUT) 64 26 75
X Malisse (BEL) d G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 76(3) 63
[Q] M Matosevic (AUS) d I Karlovic (CRO) 63 64
E Gulbis (LAT) d A Falla (COL) 64 61
I Dodig (CRO) d M Bachinger (GER) 46 64 64

Doubles – First Round
[3] C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR) d R Sweeting (USA) / B Tomic (AUS) 64 75
R Farah (COL) / T Huey (PHI) d [WC] J Levine (USA) / B Reynolds (USA) 64 76(6)

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STADIUM start 11:00 am
M Mertinak (SVK) / A Sa (BRA) vs D Norman (BEL) / A Siljestrom (SWE)
Not Before 12:30 PM
E Gulbis (LAT) vs S Darcis (BEL)
Not Before 2:30 PM
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs J Nieminen (FIN) / V Troicki (SRB)
Starting at 7:15pm
[1] J Isner (USA) vs R Sweeting (USA)
Not Before 9:00 PM
[Q] T Smyczek (USA) vs [8] B Tomic (AUS)

COURT 1 start 2:00 pm
[6] A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) vs [Q] M Matosevic (AUS)
Not Before 3:30 PM
[WC] N Monroe (USA) / J Sock (USA) vs S Darcis (BEL) / O Rochus (BEL) – Possible Court Change
[4] M Knowles (BAH) / X Malisse (BEL) vs C Ball (AUS) / A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) – After Suitable Rest
M Elgin (RUS) / D Istomin (UZB) vs Alternate


Tennis News Net Notes Podcast for February 28, 2012

A brief look at the news headlines of the day in the tennis world.


Djokovic, Nadal and Murray Enter Doubles Field of BNP Paribas Open

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., Feb. 28, 2012 – Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal,
Andy Murray and other top-ranked singles players will join the World
No. 1 Bryan Brothers and other talented doubles teams in the BNP
Paribas Open
men’s doubles draw, it was announced today by Steve
Simon, tournament director. The tournament will be held March 5-18 at
the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, and the men’s doubles draw will begin
on Sunday, March 11.

Djokovic, the defending BNP Paribas Open men’s singles champion and
World No. 1, will once again partner with fellow Serbian Viktor
Troicki. The team reached the quarterfinals of the doubles draw last
year. World No. 2 Rafael Nadal will pair with Marc Lopez again and
together they captured the 2010 BNP Paribas Open doubles title, but
fell last year in the semifinal. World No. 4 Andy Murray and his
brother Jamie will team up as well again, and seek to improve upon
their quarterfinal run in 2011.

Other top-ten singles players who will compete in the doubles draw
include No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, partnering with countryman Julien
Benneteau, and No. 8 Mardy Fish, partnering with fellow American and
former World No.1 Andy Roddick. Fish and Roddick have won two doubles
titles together including the 2009 BNP Paribas Open.

Competing alongside these singles stars will be perennial doubles
powerhouses such as World No. 1 ranked Bob and Mike Bryan, Max Mirnyi
and Daniel Nestor and Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic. The Bryan
Brothers are the most successful doubles team of all time, owning 76
titles and finishing as the No. 1 team in the world seven of the last
nine years. However, the BNP Paribas Open title has eluded the
American duo from Southern California, but they hope to change that as
the tournament’s top-seeded team.

Mirnyi and Nestor teamed up to win four titles in 2011 including the
French Open. Combined, they have won a total of 118 titles dating back
to when Nestor won his first in 1994. Llodra and Zimonjic also won
four titles as a team last year and have won a total of 67 in their
combined careers. Within those top three teams, however, Nestor is the
only one to have won the doubles title at the BNP Paribas Open, doing
so three times in 2002, 2005 and 2006.

The tandem of Alexandr Dolgopolov and Xavier Malisse will seek to
defend their 2011 BNP Paribas Open title and will no doubt produce
some exciting tennis. Entering into the draw at the last minute last
year, and playing together for the first time, the ponytailed duo won
all of their matches in third set super tie-breaks, and by no more
than three points.

“We are very pleased with the strength of the BNP Paribas Open men’s
doubles draw,” said Simon. “Fans certainly have followed these matches
with a great deal of interest and excitement as they love seeing the
top singles players compete against each other in doubles as well as
against the marquee doubles teams.”

Other notable teams in this year’s draw include 2012 Australian Open
champions Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek, Gael Monfils and Philipp
Kohlschreiber, Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna and Kei Nishikori and
Juan Monaco. Eight more teams will receive on-site direct entry and
two will be granted wild cards. The men’s doubles final will be held
on Saturday, March 17 following the men’s semifinals and the women’s
doubles final.