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The BMW Tennis Championship: “Double” Your Pleasure… 4

Posted on March 19, 2010 by JA Allen

Underway this week in Sunrise, Florida, the BMW Tennis Championship Tournament enjoys “double” the normal excitement. In addition to providing superlative singles matches, some exciting top-ranked doubles duos are on hand to add another layer of exhilarating tennis.

Doubles play offers tennis aficionados with a real taste of full-scale tennis action. Although “doubles” often finds itself overlooked, wicked serving coupled with fast-paced net play and subtle, yet aggressive, team-play tactics make these matches true fan favorites.

Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes accept the trophy after winning the 2009 French Open Championship in doubles.

Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes accept the trophy after winning the 2009 French Open Championship in doubles.

At Sunrise this week expect to see some first-rate doubles action provided by teams whose credentials have been built by winning the big events on tour:

#1 Seed –– Dloughy/Paes

Lukas Dloughy and Leander Paes are seeded No. 1 at BMW. Individually ranked Nos. 5 and 6 respectively in doubles play, while owning the overall world No. 5 team ranking in doubles, this two-some leads the pack of talented teams taking the court this week at Sunrise.

In 2009 they won two Grand Slams––the U.S. Open and the French Open. So far this year Dloughy and Paes have made it to the finals at Dubai, the quarterfinals of the 2010 Australian Open, the quarterfinals at Sydney and the finals at Brisbane. They are seeking their first win of the season at Sunrise.

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