Ugo Humbert and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga got their first team victory on Tuesday when they beat Andrey Golubev and Hugo Nys 6-3, 6-4 at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier.
In just their second look as a team, the unseed pair saved five of six break points on Court Patrice Dominguez to advance in 69 minutes. Humbert and Tsonga dropped in the first round of their first team at the 2018 Moselle Open Championship in Metz.
Just 24 hours after Tsonga made a long return to the ATP Tour in a 6-4, 6-2 loss to #NextGenATP American Sebastian Korda, the 2019 singles champion has now submitted his sights for joining an exclusive club in Montpellier. If Tsonga can lift the doubles cup, he will only be the second player to win both single and double titles at the ATP 250.
Alexander Zverev is the only player to appear on both singles and doubles honor rolls in Montpellier, having swept both events in 2017. Tsonga is competing in his first match since the Australian Open 2020 this week due to a back injury. Humbert and Tsonga will face top seed Henri Kontinen and Edouard Roger-Vasselin or Hubert Hurkacz and Szymon Walkow in the semi-finals.
Marcelo Arevalo and Matwe Middelkoop started their title claim with a 6-4, 7-5 victory against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Bernabe Zapata Miralles in Spain. The second seed broke four times to reach their third final in so many events this year.
Sander Arends and Andrea Vavassori also came forward Tuesday with 6-4, 6-4 wins against Dusan Lajovic and Marc Lopez. The Dutch-Italian partnership won 86 percent of their first service points (31/36) to claim in 68 minutes.
Top Seeds Win Open Opener
Top seed Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen advanced to the second round of the Singapore Tennis Championship on Tuesday with a 7-6 (3), 6-3 victory over Americans Evan King and Hunter Reese. The second seed was sent out, however, as Luis David Martinez and David Vega Hernandez defeated Rohan Bopanna and Ben McLachlan 6-4, 6-2.
In another double act in Singapore, wild cards of Jamie Cerretani and Adil Shamasdin ousted Alexander Bublik and Marc Polmans 6-1, 7-5, while Americans Robert Galloway and Alex Lawson eliminated Taro Daniel and Jason Jung 7 -5, 6-3.