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Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz to enter Olympic Doubles Tournament

June 19, 2024

Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz to enter Olympic Doubles Tournament

The top two players in the world will be the favourites when the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris takes place next month. Now it is being reported that the number one player in the world and Australian Open champion Jannik Sinner of Italy, as well as the number two player in the world, and French Open champion Carlos Alcaraz of Spain, will also be in the Olympic men’s doubles draw as well. Sinner is teaming up with Lorenzo Musetti, and Alcaraz is teaming up with Rafael Nadal, the greatest singles player ever to have played at the French Open. Nadal has won a remarkable 14 French Open titles.

Sinner does not have a lot of doubles experience. He has only won one doubles event in his career. That came at the 2021 Atlanta Open, where he teamed up with Reilly Opelka of the United States. In the final, Sinner and Opelka beat American Steve Johnson and Australian Jordan Thompson 6-4, 6-7, [10-3].

Alcaraz has only won three career matches in doubles in the past. He teamed up with Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain to beat Wesley Koolhof of the Netherlands and Lukasz Kubot of Poland 6-4, 6-1 in the first round of the 2021 Barcelona Open, teamed up with Carreno Busta again to beat Maximo Gonzalez and Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 1-6, 6-3, [10-7] in the first round of the 2022 Rio Open, and then played with Spanish countryman Marc Lopez to beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France and Kubot in the first round of the 2022 Madrid Masters, 4-6, 7-6, [10-4].

We all know what a wonderful player Nadal has been over the years in singles. He has also been great in doubles. He was won 11 doubles tournaments, including the gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In the men’s doubles gold medal match eight years ago, Nadal and Lopez beat Romania’s Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.


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