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Desert Doubles: Check Out These Cool Pairings In Tennis Paradise
2 Min Read · March 8, 2023

There must be something about the Indian Wells locale that inspires the world’s best singles players to team up in imaginative pairings for the BNP Paribas Open.

Maybe it’s the towering mountains of snow on the horizon keeping watch over lush pools of desert oasis, or the kind desert days balanced by cool nights with silent breezes as you sleep. Maybe it’s just the time of the year?

Whatever the reason – poetic or practical – there’s nothing like the doubles draws in Tennis Paradise.


Men’s Doubles

It’s an absolutely stacked men’s doubles draw this year at the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens – perhaps even one of the best ever? Alongside doubles stalwarts Rajeev Ram & Joe SalisburyNikola Mektic & Mate Pavic, and Wesley Koolhoff & Neal Skupski, here’s a list of some exciting pairings featuring some very recognizable names in the singles draw.

🇺🇸 Frances Tiafoe / 🇨🇭 Stan Wawrinka
These two know their way around a highlight reel.

🇺🇸 Tommy Paul / 🇺🇸 Taylor Fritz
Leading the charge on the next generation of American men’s tennis.

🇳🇴 Casper Ruud / 🇦🇹 Dominic Thiem
Two words: Topspin. Forehands.

🇨🇦 Denis Shapovalov / 🇨🇦 Felix Auger-Aliassime
Friends and rivals since the junior years, Team #Shauger reunites.

🇩🇰 Holger Rune / 🇺🇸 Ben Shelton
The power of youth! Literally.

🇧🇬 Grigor Dimitrov / 🇵🇱 Hubert Hurkacz
Probably the two nicest guys on tour.

Women’s Doubles

It’s much more common seeing singles stars hit the doubles courts – look no further than Katerina Siniakova & Barbora Krejcikova or Coco Gauff & Jessica Pegula – but there’s still a great mix of fun pairings gracing the courts this year. Can the more seasoned doubles teams of Desiree Krawczyk & Demi ShuursNicole Melichar-Martinez & Ellen PerezGaby Dabrowski & Luisa Stefani and more hold them off?

🇨🇦 Leylah Fernandez / 🇺🇸 Taylor Townsend
A smiling North American lefty alliance we can’t wait to see.

🇭🇷 Petra Martic / 🇨🇿 Karolina Pliskova
Spinny precision meets flat power.

🇪🇸 Paula Badosa / 🇰🇿 Elena Rybakina
Potential third-round opponents – no better way to scout than to play with them.

🇨🇦 Bianca Andreescu / 🇰🇿 Yulia Putintseva
Now this doubles pairing packs a (personality) punch! Expect lots of laughter.

Daria Kasatkina / 🇮🇹 Martina Trevisan
Clay court queens (and last year’s Roland-Garros semi-finalists)… unite.

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