Alcaraz, Tsitsipas, Kyrgios In Cincy Doubles
Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski will aim to capture a Tour-leading sixth title of the season and strengthen their lead in the Pepperstone ATP Doubles Teams Rankings when they compete at the Western & Southern Open next week.
However, their task won’t be easy in Cincinnati, with the third seeds facing a series of potential testing assignments in a stacked top half. The Dutch-British tandem could face singles star Carlos Alcaraz and Pablo Carreno Busta in their opening match, if the Spaniards can overcome Santiago Gonzalez and Edouard Roger-Vasselin. Carreno Busta won the doubles title with Alex de Minaur in 2020.
Koolhof and Skupski are on a collision course to meet Roland Garros finalists Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek in the quarter-finals, while they could face Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury in the semi-finals.
The top seeds, who have six tour-level trophies together, including two ATP Masters 1000 titles, could play Australian Open champs Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios in a popcorn second-round clash. Kokkinakis and Kyrgios will open against Simone Bolelli and Fabo Fognini.
The second seeds are seeded to meet Roland Garros victors Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer in the semi-finals, with the fourth seeds potentially playing Croatians Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic in the quarter-finals.
Miami champions Hubert Hurkacz and John Isner are reuniting and face two-time Roland Garros champions Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies in the first round. Earlier this year Isner also won the Indian Wells title with Jack Sock and reached the Rome final with Diego Schwartzman. The American is 23-5 on the season on the doubles court. On Saturday Hurkacz will contest the singles and doubles semi-finals (with Jan Zielinski) in Montreal.