It’s the first title together for the American-Croatian pair, and also marks another milestone for Krajicek: It’s his first ATP title on clay.
The tours are sharing the same venue once again this week in Rome, the ATP Masters 1000/WTA Premier 5 clay-court tournament. Two-time defending champs Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah are the top seeds on the men’s side and have advanced to the second round. The exceptionally deep draw has already seen a couple of upsets: Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury, this year’s Australian Open winners, lost their opener to the wild-card pairing of Lorenzo Sonego and Andrea Vavassori. 2018 French Open champs Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies, the sixth seeds, fell in a match tiebreak to Henri Kontinen and Jan-Lennard Struff, one of the dangerous floaters at the tournament.
On the women’s side, the top four seeds—led by Su-Wei Hsieh and Barbora Strycova—all received a first-round bye. In their opener, Hsieh and Strycova will face former French Open women’s doubles finalist Makoto Ninomiya and her partner, Nao Hibino. Three of the four women that contested the US Open final are slated to play in Rome—albeit with different partners. Laura Siegmund and Vera Zvonareva, the winners in New York, are teaming up with Oksana Kalashnikova and Sharon Fichman, respectively, while Nicole Melichar is playing with Demi Schuurs. That combo is seeded fourth in Rome.