The D.C. Dream Team (okay, we’re just having a little fun with this) is getting the band back together.
Genie Bouchard and Sloane Stephens, who shocked the world by reaching the doubles final at the Citi Open in Washington D.C. last summer, will get the band back together for the Australian Open.
The two share an agent, John Tobias. And as of this week, they also share a clothing sponsor, Nike.
Bouchard is not playing doubles this week in Hobart.
Stephens, who is making her 2018 debut, is paired up with French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in Sydney.
D.C. Dream Run
The first-time team had a great run in D.C. in early August, falling to Renata Voracova and Shuko Aoyama in the final. They upset the No. 3 seeds in the first round. And in the semifinals, they overcame a 1-6 first set to beat the No. 1 seeds, Sania Mirza and Monica Niculescu, in the match tiebreak.
It was only Stephens’s second tournament back after missing nearly a year with a foot problem that required surgery. She lost in the first round of the singles to Simona Halep. But the summer ended well, as she won the US Open.
Bouchard had another great run in doubles later in the season, in her final tournament of the year in Luxembourg. The Canadian teamed up with Kirsten Flipkens, and reached the final.