Cinch 2021 Championships: world No. 1 duo, Grand Slam champions and British stars in doubles
The world’s top-ranked doubles team, several other Grand Slam title-winning duos and top UK players will compete in the Cinch Championships at the Queen’s Club from June 14-20.
Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic have dominated the men’s doubles this year, already winning six titles, including Masters 1000 tournaments in Miami, Monte Carlo and Rome.
They are joined by the main title-winning couples, Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, who were reunited this year, the other cinch championship winners Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, as well as Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury, and Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.
Notable singles players have also taken part in the doubles competition, including Grigor Dimitrov and Feliciano Lopez, who won both titles last year, Alex de Minaur and Cam Norrie, and Matteo Berrettini, who plans to team up with his compatriot Andrea Vavassori.
British doubles teams Ken and Neal Skupski, as well as Dan Evans and Jonny O’Mara will also compete for the crown.
With eight players currently in the Top 70, Britain set a record earlier this year at the Australian Open for the most direct acceptances in the draw (no wildcards) by any what nation.
This reflects a sea change in British men’s doubles performance and rankings over the past decade. In 2010, there was only one British player in the world top 62 (ranked 50th), compared to seven at the end of 2020, including three in the top 30.
List of qualifying singles entries full of quality
The list of entries for the Cinch Championships Qualifier includes three former Queen’s Club Singles Champions.
Feliciano Lopez (2017, 2019), Grigor Dimitrov (2014) and Sam Querrey (2010) have all signed up.
They are joined by last year’s finalist Gilles Simon and talented Americans Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe.
There are two more wild cards available in the singles main draw. Andy Murray received the first of three. The remaining wild cards will be announced ahead of the official draw, which will take place on Saturday, June 12.
To view the full list of qualifications, click here.