Doubles Take kicks off its extended coverage of this year’s French Open.

The men’s draw at the second Slam of the season was always going to be wide open—a fact that was made quite apparent on the first day of action.

Six seeded teams fell, among them Ivan Dodig and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, last week’s champs in Lyon, and Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus, the runners-up in Rome a couple of weeks ago.

However, the biggest shocker was the elimination of the second seeds, Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, who not only said goodbye to the tournament, but are parting ways.


No hard feelings, for sure, as the two had the best seasons of their careers together. They gelled instantly back in 2016, winning two Grand Slams. They also captured titles at all levels of the men’s game and were a threat on any surface.

Here’s a look at some of the must-see matches ahead.

Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah (3) vs. Matthew Ebden/John-Patrick Smith: Cabal and Farah are coming into the tournament as perhaps the hottest team on the ATP Tour with titles in Barcelona and Rome, and have established themselves as a favorite in Paris. Will they be able to fend off the pressure of outside expectations that comes with being in such good form? The Aussies Ebden and Smith could make this match-up a tough one.

Anna-Lena Groenfeld/Demi Schuurs (9) vs. Miyu Kato/Storm Sanders: Last year, the biggest obstacle Schuurs faced all season was the inability to raise her level of play at the four majors as she won other WTA titles from start to finish. This year, it’s been a struggle to win matches for the Dutchwoman. However, she and Groenefeld have shown some signs of life lately, with a run to the final in Rome. Kato and Sanders are the types of players that could catch a team off-guard if they’re not focused.

Aleksandra Krunic/Ajla Tomljanovic vs. Victoria Azarenka/Ashleigh Barty (11): The team Groenefeld and Schuurs lost to, Barty and Azarenka, could be contenders for the French title this year—if their singles success doesn’t deter them. All four of the players on court are in the top 100 in singles, but Barty’s doubles prowess should make the difference.

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