Ugo Humbert and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga claimed their first team victory on Tuesday, overtaking Andrey Golubev and Hugo Nys 6-3, 6-4 at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier.
In their second team appearance, the unranked duo saved five of six break points on the Patrice Dominguez court to advance in 69 minutes. Humbert and Tsonga fell in the first round on their team debut at the 2018 Moselle Open in Metz.
Just 24 hours after Tsonga made his long-awaited return to the TBEN in a 6-4, 6-2 loss to #NextGenATP American Sebastian Korda, the 2019 singles champion now intends to join an exclusive club in Montpellier. If Tsonga can lift the doubles trophy, he will only become the second player to win the singles and doubles titles at ATP 250.
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Alexander Zverev is the only player to appear on the singles and doubles honor rolls in Montpellier, following his sweep of both events in 2017. Tsonga is playing his first tournament since the 2020 Australian Open this week due to ‘a back injury. Humbert and Tsonga will face the seeds Henri Kontinen and Edouard Roger-Vasselin or Hubert Hurkacz and Szymon Walkow in the quarter-finals.
Marcelo Arevalo and Matwe Middelkoop started their title bid with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Bernabe Zapata Miralles of Spain. The second seed has broken off four times to reach their third quarter-final in as many events this year.
Sander Arends and Andrea Vavassori also advanced on Tuesday with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Dusan Lajovic and Marc Lopez. The Dutch-Italian partnership won 86% of their first serve points (31/36) to take the win in 68 minutes.
Top Seeds wins Singapore’s first match
Top seeds Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen advanced to the second round of the Singapore Open tennis on Tuesday with a 7-6 (3), 6-3 triumph over Americans Evan King and Hunter Reese. The second seeds were ousted, however, when Luis David Martinez and David Vega Hernandez upset Rohan Bopanna and Ben McLachlan 6-4, 6-2.
In other doubles action in Singapore, wild cards Jamie Cerretani and Adil Shamasdin ousted Alexander Bublik and Marc Polmans 6-1, 7-5, and Americans Robert Galloway and Alex Lawson knocked out Taro Daniel and Jason Jung 7- 5, 6-3.