As of a few weeks ago, doubles legend Daniel Nestor had been set to team up with the talented but oft-injured Philipp Petzschner of Germany to begin the 2017 season.
But he has reunited with an old friend instead.
The 44-year-old has entered both Brisbane and the Australian Open with a partner he’s had a lot of success with in the past: Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France.
Nestor tells Open Court that Roger-Vasselin asked him, and he said yes. No more complex than that.
After having a fair bit of success – and that success came immediately – with Roger-Vasselin in 2015, the Frenchman went back to longtime doubles partner and friend Julien Benneteau when his countryman returned from injury.
Nestor and Roger-Vasselin did play two tournaments together in 2016, and won them both. The first was the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. in the summer; the second came in Antwerp this fall, where they beat top pair Mahut and Herbert in the final.
Roger-Vasselin is currently ranked No. 17 (Nestor stands at No. 15) while Petzschner is at No. 66. So the immediate benefit is that the pair will be able to enter any tournament they choose, and will be seeded at most if not all of them.
Benneteau, meanwhile, is playing the Australian Open with another Frenchman, Jérémy Chardy.
Petzschner, who was out a long time with shoulder surgery a few years ago, missed six months in 2016 after knee surgery, returning for a few ATP events in the fall and then a couple of $50,000 Challengers in Japan in November.