The parity on the ATP Tour’s double circuit is significant this season, with no one team having a true runaway season.
So as the final tally comes in this week at the ATP Tour Finals, it is the rookie tandem of Marcelo Melo and Lukasz Kubot that will be crowned the year-end No. 1 doubles team.
The Brazilian-Polish pair clinched the No. 1 team ranking with a victory over Ivan Dodig and Marcel Granollers in its first round-robin match at the ATP Tour Finals Monday.
“This year has been amazing for Lukas and I, the first full year we’re playing together. Finishing as the No. 1 team in the world means a lot to me. I got to No. 1 individually in 2015, but this year we played every tournament together as a team to achieve this honour. I’m very proud as my friends, family and sponsors are here. This is one of the most important points of my life,” Melo said.
In the individual rankings, the two took over the No. 1 and No. 2 spots only this week, when they jumped over Henri Kontinen and John Peers.
Melo and Kubot played one tournament together in 2015 and three in 2015.
Musical chairs stops at No. 1
Kubot, 35, was one of those players who hooked up with various partners throughout the year since the ending of a successful partnership with Oliver Marach of Austria in 2010.
Melo, 34, played a long time with countryman Andre Sa and then with another Brazilian, Bruno Soares. After that, it was Dodig. And it was during that period that he first claimed the individual No. 1 ranking.