REIGNING IN SPAIN
For the second year in a row on the ATP Tour, a new team has clicked right away and gone on a tear for months. In 2021, it was Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic, who would go on to win nine tournaments and finish their campaign on top of the rankings.
This year, it’s looking like the new team to beat is Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski. The Dutch-English duo won three of its first five tournaments together, then reached the final in Miami and Barcelona. Entering the Masters 1000 event in Madrid fresh off their most recent championship-round showing, Koolhof and Skupski went one better this week. Proving they’ll be considered among the contenders at Roland Garros, the pair topped former world No. 1 duo Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in a 10-5 match tiebreak to claim the title, the first for either of them at the Masters level.