Is there already news about (new) doubles teams for next year?
Here We Talk About Women’s Tennis,Not Men’s.Thanks wta1980 fan for starting this thread and giving us news of new partnership. I believe deeply in loyalty which you don't see much in sports. It's really absent in tennis doubles partnerships, which is sad. Maybe there should be a "Bryans award" each year for the doubles team that has lasted the longest.
But I am curious about the changes and it does give us something to contemplate for the new season.
Here is article about Jamie Murray reuniting with Bruno Soares. I thought it was big of Soares to not have been mad when Murray split with him before this past season. As it turned out, Soares did better and made the ATP finals week. Good for him, although strange he and Pavic splitting after a good year.
Seven-time Grand Slam doubles champion Jamie Murray will be reunited with his former partner Bruno Soares for the 2021 season.
Murray decided to end his partnership with fellow Brit Neal Skupski after the duo failed to make a breakthrough at Grand Slam level, with the elder of the Murray brothers set to team up with the partner he won the Australian Open and US Open titles in 2016 with.
“I really like Jamie as a person and a player,” said Soares. “We had a lot of success in the past, we are much more experienced now and I am really looking forward to playing with him.
“When we stopped the first time, Jamie needed a change at that moment. If you are not happy on court, you have to do something to be happy and I respected that.
It would be kind of funny if Dabrowski and Xu end up back with each other since the majority of the top players seem to be committed.Aside from Dabrowski, most of the top-20 have steady partners and I see those partnerships remaining into next season. Will be interesting to see if a strong Russian pairing emerges next year before Tokyo.
I think Melichar-Xu will still commit to each other after their run to the US Open final. Dabrowski/Mattek-Sands could possibly work unless Dabrowski still wants to team up with Ostapenko in the bigger events. And ditto Mattek-Sands with Kenin.It would be kind of funny if Dabrowski and Xu end up back with each other since the majority of the top players seem to be committed.
Although, if she's healthy Sania Mirza could be an attractive option for someone for sure.
Also curious to see what Peng Shuai does,
It has been stated here that Melichar and Schuurs are teaming up for 2021.I think Melichar-Xu will still commit to each other after their run to the US Open final. Dabrowski/Mattek-Sands could possibly work unless Dabrowski still wants to team up with Ostapenko in the bigger events. And ditto Mattek-Sands with Kenin.
It has been stated here that Melichar and Schuurs are teaming up for 2021.
The logic would then dictate that Peschke and Xu team up, as all four are coached by Mr Peschke. However, Kveta and Julie have both specialised in the ad court for some time now, so that could be a bit harder to work out.For some reason I read that as Peschke-Schuurs! 🤦♂️
It’ll be interesting to see how the Chinese team shakes outs for the Olympics. You have Zhang Shuai and Zheng Saisai in position to qualify in singles, with good doubles rankings. Xu is clinging on to the top 10 in doubles for her automatic spot.Not sure all asians will be able to travel next season, lots of chinese players went missing in 2020 and I wonder if it’s personal choices or government’s decisions. I can’t see Peschke being succesful with Xu. However I would love to see Yang Zhaoxuan (if she is able to travel) playing with Xu, they were superb in the asian games (defeating Chans, match is uploaded on youtube) and could be a force at the Olympics. China has lots of options but honestly Zhang, Wang, Zheng, Peng aren’t as sharp as before and really inconsistent in doubles. Duan is an intersting pick for any chinese though. Yang/Xu or Duan/Xu could be awesome (Yang is playing on deuce side with some nice forehand, I believe it is the same with Duan).