2013 BB&T Atlanta Open Doubles Preview
Atlanta–July 21, 2013: The headlining Bryans were forced to withdraw, but the doubles field is still quite strong in Atlanta. Here’s a look.
The top doubles seeds are Wimbledon finalists Ivan Dodig/Marcelo Melo, and they get the Harrison brothers in the opening round. Ryan Harrison took home the doubles title here last year (with Matt Ebden). Below them in the draw are the well known Israeli duo of Jonathan Erlich/Andy Ram against the pairing of Rendy Lu/Marinko Matosevic.
Bogota doubles finalists Edouard Roger-Vasselin/Igor Sijsling are seeded 4th, and face GA Tech duo Kevin King/Juan Spir, with the winner getting Denis Kudla/Michael Russell or Ricardas Berankis/Santiago Giraldo in the next round. Russell was a doubles finalist last year (with Xavier Malisse).
James Blake/Jack Sock face Marcelo Demoliner/Andre Sa in a USA vs. Brazil matchup, with the winner getting Evgeny Donskoy/Denis Istomin or 3 seeds Colin Fleming/Jonathan Marray in the next round.
Rajeev Ram/Ken Skupski will face Dominic Inglot/Frank Moser with the winner getting Chris Guccione/Lleyton Hewitt or Santiago Gonzalez/Scott Lipsky in the next round.
—Steen Kirby, TennisEastCoast.com