Over the course of the all-too-brief grass-court stretch leading up to Wimbledon, a number of players on both tours reached multiple finals—among them, former champions at what is arguably the sport’s most prestigious event.

As doubles play at the All England Club begins, will their respective runs of good form carry them through the fortnight or are more surprises in store, following the pattern of 2022’s other Grand Slams?

Based on the way the past few weeks have gone, no team is more primed to join the winner’s circle at the majors this year than Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic, the defending champions. Seeded second, the Croatians enter Wimbledon with back-to-back titles on the grass. Pavic’s streak actually goes back a little further, as he won in Stuttgart with Hubert Hurkacz, making him the only player with three titles on the turf this year. Mektic and Pavic are heavy favorites to make it through to at least the semifinals relatively unscathed, though such pairings as Lloyd Glasspool/Harri Heliovaara, the 15th seeds they barely beat in the London final; fifth seeds Tim Puetz/Michael Venus; Kevin Krawietz/Andreas Mies, the 11th seeds; or an unseeded team like Mallorca runners-up Ariel Behar/Gonzalo Escobar could stand in their way.

Should Mektic and Pavic make it to the final four, they’re drawn to face French Open winners Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer, the fourth seeds. However, that team could have its hands full—to the point of a potential upset—against two-time Wimbledon winner Jack Sock and his countryman, Dennis Kudla, who’s at his best on grass. 2019 Wimbledon champs Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, the sixth seeds, are also in this portion of the draw, along with Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis, this year’s surprise Australian Open victors and the 10th seeds at Wimbledon. If they are ready to battle through the best-of-five format Kyrgios has already spoken out about, another major could be theirs.


Despite their place at the top of the game, Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram, the No. 1 seeds, don’t have momentum on their side, only going 1-1 on the grass so far this year. Veterans Aleksandr Nedovyesov/Aisam Ul-Haq Qureshi and 16th seeds Rafael Matos/David Vega Hernandez, the Mallorca champions, could be primed for the upset.

Among the other teams that could potentially do some damage in that section of the draw are French Open finalists Ivan Dodig/Austin Krajicek and Australian Open runners-up Matt Ebden/Max Purcell. The way things have gone for them in 2022, though, Wimbledon might mark the Grand Slam coronation of Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski, the third seeds. The ATP’s title leaders this year won their fifth championship a few weeks ago on grass in the Netherlands, continuing a near-perfect campaign that’s only missing a major.

On the women’s side, Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova, the defending champions, are among the biggest question marks in the draw. After winning their fourth Slam title this year in Australia, the Czechs’ prospects for 2022 took a big hit when Krejcikova was sent to the sidelines with an injury. They reunited in Paris, but Krejcikova’s bad luck continued as she was forced out of the tournament due to a Covid diagnosis.

As she has done all year, though, Siniakova has kept plugging away and is coming off a title on the grass in Berlin with Storm Sanders. If they’re able to avoid any rust, they could have a fairly easy run to the quarterfinals, where things could get tricky as sixth-seeded veterans Lucie Hradecka/Sania Mirza or Nicole Melichar-Martinez/Ellen Perez, the 10th seeds, could pose a threat.

Whomever battles through that portion of the draw might face the team that’s as close to a tournament favorite as anyone: Lyudmyla Kichenok and Jelena Ostapenko. The fourth seeds reached two finals this year on grass, splitting a couple of championship matches decided by walkover. Hao-Ching and Latisha Chan arguably present the biggest early threats to Kichenok and Ostapenko’s chances with their respective partners, Shuko Aoyama and Sam Stosur.

Elise Mertens and Shuai Zhang, the top seeds, have also been strong on the turf this year, reaching finals together and apart. Last year’s US Open champions will be playing their first major together since that run in New York, and could steadily work their way into the second week. There, things could get tricky with Alexa Guarchi/Andreja Klepac, the seventh seeds; third seeds Gabriela Dabrowski/Giuliana Olmos; and Ena Shibahara/Asia Muhammad, the fifth seeds, as potential opponents.