There will be a new dubs tandem to reckon with next season on the ATP Tour. Are we ready to come up with another nickname?
In fact, they’re already getting started.
Vasek Pospisil and wily Czech veteran Radek Stepanek have agreed to team up for doubles in 2017, and will play the Masters 1000 events in Shanghai and Paris-Bercy in the coming weeks to get started.
Pospisil confirmed the news when reached by Open Court, saying the partnership was subject to both of their singles schedules and, of course, their results.
The Canadian, who ended a fruitful partnership with American Jack Sock this season, said he was likely to also play the deuce side with Stepanek.
The musical chairs amongst doubles pairings usually begins in earnest during the off-season, so this is an early commitment, to steal a phrase from the NCAA.
Stepanek teamed up with Pospisil’s Davis Cup partner Daniel Nestor this season (they reached the Australian Open final together) before that ended in May. Since then, he has played with Tomas Berdych and Nenad Zimonjic.
Nestor is re-teaming with Rohan Bopanna, with whom he played in 2015, for several tournaments in this end-of-season swing.
Pospisil told Open Court that he and Nestor had discussed playing together this fall and beyond but that Stepanek had previously approached him. With the two still looking to make a mark in singles, there is probably more flexibility there and with Pospisil’s ranking not up to making the singles cut at the bigger events Nestor plays at the moment, it was bound to get complicated.