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Power Playing in Washington

August 7, 2015

I’ll say one thing about the doubles draw at the ATP World Tour 500-level event in Washington this week:

It’s no joke.

For instance, legends Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan had to play Jamie Murray and John Peers: IN THE FIRST ROUND. The last little bit of that sentence deserved to be written in all caps because Murray and Peers only happened to make the finals at Wimbledon a couple of weeks ago. They found themselves on the outside of being seeded with four of the world’s top seven teams in the main draw.

Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea, who came together a few months into 2015 and have already had success, are up in the Bryans half of the draw. The lower half features veterans Marcin Matkowski and Nenad Zimonjic, as well as this year’s French winners Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo.

It’s worth noting that squads like Alexander Peya/Bruno Soares and Jack Sock/Vasek Pospisil were unable to even get out of the first round.

Whichever team does manage to be the last one standing in D.C. will have definitely put in work and could use the title to prepare themselves for a strong run over the hard-court season.

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