Wimbledon’s right around the corner, and Doubles Take is here for your look at the last warm-up events before the main event.

What’s the saying? No one beats Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah two weeks in a row?

Andy Murray’s dream run on the grass came to a halt today as he and Marcelo Melo were knocked out in the first round in Eastbourne by “Colombian Power.” Murray, who beat the top-seeded pair with Feliciano Lopez last week at Queen’s Club, pulled out all the stops in the second tournament of his comeback.


In the end, though, he and Melo fell in straight sets. Next stop for Murray will be Wimbledon as he’s slated to team up with Pierre-Hugues Herbert in a surprise move. Farah and Cabal will face some more local favorites in Eastbourne as they take on Dan Evans and Lloyd Glasspool in the quarterfinals.

On the women’s side at the last warm-up event before the year’s third major, the top seeds Gabriela Dabrowski and Yifan Xu are out in the first round, as are No. 4 seeds Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Demi Schuurs. Eastbourne marks a return to action for former world No. 1 Bethanie Mattek-Sands, teaming up with Kirsten Flipkens this week, and the duo is through to the quarters after taking their opening-round match in straights.

The men have one other tournament going on this week in Antalya. Top seeds Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies, who conquered the clay at Roland Garros, haven’t found the grass to their liking: The Germans were upset in the first round.

For more on Lopez and Murray’s run last week—where Lopez won the singles and doubles—click here. Here’s a look back at the rest of last week’s winners.


Over the past few years, Kirsten Flipkens and Johanna Larsson have seen a decent amount of success when teaming up. Playing their seventh final together in Mallorca, over the weekend, the Belgian-Swedish pair denied the home favorites Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez and Sara Sorribes Tormo in the championship match.

With the win, Flipkens and Larsson improved their record in finals to 3-4.


Last year, Michael Venus and Raven Klaasen reached their first Grand Slam final together at Wimbledon, dropping a five-set classic to Mike Bryan and Jack Sock.

It looks now like the finalists are ready to go a step further this year.


Klaasen and Venus got in the perfect amount of preparation, winning the title in Halle, over 2017 Wimbledon champs Marcelo Melo and Lukasz Kubot. It’s their first title since last February and stops a losing skid in finals at six.


Maybe playing on glass could slow down Barbora Strycova and Su-Wei Hsieh? Or a bed of nails? Based on what they’ve done so far in 2019, they’d probably figure out those conditions, too.

The Czech-Taiwanese duo won its third title of the season—on as many different surfaces—in Birmingham, defeating Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Demi Schuurs in the championship match.


It’s their fourth title together overall, having won Indian Wells last year after teaming up at the last minute.

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