Doubles Field Set For London
The last of eight spots available at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals was claimed by Treat Huey and Max Mirnyi on Thursday. Huey/Mirnyi lost in the first round of the BNP Paribas Masters earlier this week, but secured their first team qualification when defending London champions Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau fell in the second round of Paris. Huey/Mirnyi have one title as a team, winning in Acapulco earlier this year. It will be Huey's first trip to the year-end championships, while Mirnyi has qualified 10 times, winning in 2011 alongside Daniel Nestor.
Joining Mirnyi/Huey at the O2 on 13 November will be Frenchmen Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, who reclaimed the No. 1 spot from London qualifiers Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Martin Klizan and Joao Sousa in the second round in Paris.
Also present at the year-end showdown will be four-time champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, Roland Garros doubles champions Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez, 2014 finalists Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo, Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram, and Henri Kontinen and John Peers. Five of the eight teams are first-time qualifiers.
Rojer/Tecau, who won the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals last year, saw their season come to a close after falling to Nicholas Monroe and Jack Sock 2-6, 6-3, 10-7. Melo, who is playing with Vasek Pospisil in Paris, moved into the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber and Dominic Thiem.