Doubles up!

Sunday, Aug 6

All too often in tennis, doubles is overlooked. And it’s really a shame. Spectacular players showcase their talent week after week and deserve much better coverage than they receive.

This week, Rogers Cup presented by National Bank is also hosting the doubles players, from this season’s Grand Slam champions to the game’s rising stars.

Henri Kontinen of Finland and John Peers of Australia, who took the crown in Melbourne in January, are the favourites. Wimbledon titleholders Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Marcelo Melo of Brazil are seeded second.

Sixteen-time Grand Slam winners Bob and Mike Bryan (4) are here, and so are US Open champions Jamie Murray of Great Britain and Bruno Soares of Brazil (3).

The competition is so tough that Ryan Harrison of the US and Michael Venus of New Zealand—who happen to have won the French Open this year—are not even seeded.

Two Canadian duos will also battle in the event. Daniel Nestor, who has earned 91 titles including 8 Grand Slams in his illustrious career, and Vasek Pospisil are teaming up to deliver promising performances, along with Frank Dancevic and partner Adil Shamasdin. Both teams are in Kubot and Melo’s half of the draw.

For the past few years, to make matches more exciting, the third set has been played as a super tiebreaker in which a team must gain 10 points to win. In each game, at deuce, the following point is decisive with no ad. The receiving team chooses the side to which the opponent will serve.