PARIS – Daniel Nestor and new partner Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan ended up getting seeded in Paris.
Qureshi, ranked No. 52 and Nestor No. 14, ended up as the No. 14 seeds and therefore avoided some of the tougher teams in the 64-team men’s doubles draw.
They will play Iñigo Cervantes of Spain and Paolo Lorenzi of Italy, which is pretty winnable even for a rookie pairing.
After that, they would meet Jonathan Erlich and Colin Fleming.
Vasek Pospisil and partner Jack Sock are seeded No. 7, and will play Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil and Martin Klizan of Slovakia in the first round. After that could be a tough one: Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Julien Benneteau, who won here in 2014 but because of a long injury break for Benneteau, come in unseeded.
The other Canadian in the doubles, Gabriela Dabrowski, is again teaming up with Maria José Martínez Sánchez of Spain. They will meet Daria Gavrilova of Australia and Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, two players far better known for their singles efforts.
(The Williams sisters are playing; they drew Yulia Putintseva and Jelena Ostapenko in the first round).
Unfortunately, Genie Bouchard isn’t playing doubles.