Ugo Humbert and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga claimed their first team victory on Tuesday when they moved past Andrey Golubev and Hugo Nys 6-3, 6-4 at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier.
In just their second appearance as a team, the unseeded pair saved five of six break points on Court Patrice Dominguez to advance in 69 minutes. Humbert and Tsonga fell in the first round on their team debut at the 2018 Moselle Open in Metz.
Just 24 hours after Tsonga made his long-awaited return to the ATP Tour in a 6-4, 6-2 loss to #NextGenATP American Sebastian Korda, the 2019 singles champion now has his sights set on joining an exclusive club in Montpellier. If Tsonga can lift the doubles trophy, he will become only the second player to win both the singles and doubles titles at the ATP 250.
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Alexander Zverev is the only player to feature on both the singles and doubles honour rolls in Montpellier, following his sweep of both events in 2017. Tsonga is competing in his first tournament since the 2020 Australian Open this week due to a back injury. Humbert and Tsonga will face top seeds Henri Kontinen and Edouard Roger-Vasselin or Hubert Hurkacz and Szymon Walkow in the quarter-finals.
Marcelo Arevalo and Matwe Middelkoop began their title bid with a 6-4, 7-5 victory against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Bernabe Zapata Miralles of Spain. The second seeds broke serve on four occasions to reach their third quarter-final in as many events this year.
Sander Arends and Andrea Vavassori also advanced on Tuesday with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Dusan Lajovic and Marc Lopez. The Dutch-Italian partnership won 86 per cent of its first-serve points (31/36) to claim victory in 68 minutes.
Top Seeds Win Singapore Opener
Top seeds Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen advanced to the second round of the Singapore Tennis Open on Tuesday with a 7-6(3), 6-3 triumph against Americans Evan King and Hunter Reese. The second seeds were ousted, however, as Luis David Martinez and David Vega Hernandez upset Rohan Bopanna and Ben McLachlan 6-4, 6-2.
In other doubles action in Singapore, wild cards Jamie Cerretani and Adil Shamasdin ousted Alexander Bublik and Marc Polmans 6-1, 7-5, and Americans Robert Galloway and Alex Lawson eliminated Taro Daniel and Jason Jung 7-5, 6-3.