WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AUGUST 8, 2012) – The Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University announced today ten pairings for the doubles matches for the tournament taking place August 18-25. The Winston-Salem Open will feature 16 doubles pairings in total, including top-seeded Jonathan Marray, 31, and Frederik Nielsen, 28. The remaining six pairs will be determined through on site sign-ins and wildcards.
After going through qualifying to play doubles at Wimbledon, Marray (Great Britain) and Nielsen (Denmark) emerged as the defending Wimbledon champions. Wimbledon was the first career doubles title for Marray and Nielson, both of whom have enjoyed long tennis careers. They defeated Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez in the first round at Wimbledon, stunned the Bryan brothers in the semifinals and beat Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau in the finals.
Gael Monfils will play both singles and doubles at the Winston-Salem Open as he works his way back into shape for the US Open. He has been out since May with a right knee injury and will be making his highly anticipated return to the ATP World Tour in Winston-Salem. Monfils will team as the No. 7 seeds with rising Frenchman Benoit Paire in doubles.
The complete list of pairings includes:
1. Jonathan Marray (GBR) and Frederik Nielsen (DEN)
2. Colin Fleming (GBR) and Ross Hutchins (GBR)
3. Alexander Peya (AUT) and Bruno Soares (BRA)
4. Saniago Gonzalez (MEX) and Scott Lipsky (USA)
5. Julian Knowle (AUT) and Filip Polasek (SVK)
6. Eric Butorac (USA) and Paul Hanley (AUS)
7. Gael Monfils (FRA) and Benoit Paire (FRA)
8. David Marrero (ESP) and Andre Sa (BRA)
9. Christopher Kas (GER) and Jamie Murray (GBR)
10. Treat Conrad Huey (PHI) and Dominic Inglot (GBR)
"Much like our singles players, the Winston-Salem Open has an incredible field of contenders for doubles matches. In fact, our doubles field is so strong that defending champions Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram are currently listed as alternates instead of being included in the main draw," said tournament director Bill Oakes. "We’re particularly excited that Gael Monfils will be making his return to play in both singles and doubles here in Winston-Salem. Fans will get to see a lot of his entertaining play, which should prove to be a thrilling experience."