One of the biggest stories to come out of this year's BNP Paribas Open is how the doubles competition seemed to overtake the tournament. You had the top four players playing with their countrymen, blitzing well-established doubles teams to make the latter rounds. Fans were lapping it up. The Murray Brothers on Court 3? Packed. Wondering why Stadium Court is empty during a night match? That's because Rafa and Marc were on-court over on Court 2. The fans were absolutely loving it. It may be a novelty but it wasn't a throwaway. Fans genuinely felt as though they were seeing something unique, fun, and of the highest quality.
So leave it to the last minute team (X-Man asked Dolgo to play 15 minutes before the deadline) to run through the competition, grinning and giggling while beating the Bryans, the Murrays, the Indo-Pak Express, and Team Switzerland, to hoist the trophy. You want to know how great this team was? They were converting fans left and right, as fans of their vanquished opponents would show up to their matches the next day, vocal and loyal. They did it by having an infectious, joyful energy that you couldn't resist, while playing a dynamic and athletic style of doubles that Roger called "unconventional". They pounded the ball at their opponents and scrambled in patterns that screamed "HOLYSHITWEHAVENOIDEAWHATWEAREDOING". I suspect fans saw themselves in that haphazard style.
So fun. I hope someone uploads the video of the trophy ceremony. Dolgo's giggle as he said it was especially cool to beat Roger is hilarious.
As for the ladies, Sania and Vezzie almost didn't take the court. Vezzie's been struggling with a wrist injury all week, something that Sania's very familiar with. Thank goodness they did. They blitzed Bethanie and Meghan on their way to the title.
Ah, dubs. They never show it on television but I always make it a point to watch whenever I'm at a tournament. If you're coming to Miami be sure to fit it into your schedule. Word is that Andy and Nole are teaming up. Here's hoping that Sam and Fran do the same.