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Butorac and Soares Go for Two on the Clay

April 9, 2012

The Grand Prix Hassan II is going on this week with a pretty decent doubles field. Frantisek Cermak and Filip Polasek are the top seeds, followed by Eric Butorac and Bruno Soares. David Marrero and Marcelo Melo are seeded third, with Daniele Bracciali and Fabio Fognini in the four spot.

All of those teams feature guys that have found a solid measure of success on the doubles tour, together or apart. But let’s take a look at the Butorac/Soares pairing. (I can’t let that headline go to waste!)

The Brazilian Soares and American Butorac decided to team up full time this year. It was a somewhat shocking decision as Butorac was coming off a career year with Jean-Julien Rojer. (Butorac and Rojer could potentially face off in the second round in Casablanca.) Butorac and Rojer were actually a tournament away from qualifying for the year-end championships.

But as with the case of a lot of doubles partnerships, a split occurred. But Butorac is partnered with a veteran in Soares, who despite not playing a more traditional style of doubles, has been a presence on tour for years. The two won Sao Paulo this year during “the Golden Swing,” but actually enter this event on a four-match losing streak as the hard courts weren’t too kind.

But they’re back on the dirt now, and provided their rhythm isn’t too off with the recent losing, could put up some solid results in the weeks ahead. It’s a second start to the rest of the year for these two, and facing a strong field in Casablanca, then overcoming it, could be a big boost.

(Photo: Getty Images)

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