By Justin Ross
The men’s doubles competition at the Miami Open has a new winner. The 2017 champions are Poland’s Lukasz Kubot and Brazil’s Marcelo Melo.
The No. 6 seeded duo beat the unseeded American team of Jack Sock and Nicholas Monroe 7-5, 6-3. All four competitors were contending for their first Miami Open title.
Kubot and Melo’s path to the finals came with a semis win over the North American duo of Brian Baker, U.S., and Daniel Nestor, Canada. After losing in the finals at Indian Wells, the champions dropped just three sets over the course of the Miami tournament.
Sock was the only former Miami finalist with a 2015 doubles loss in the championship to the Bryan Brothers, but, he would have a shot to rewrite his wrong.
Just days ago, Sock and Monroe defeated the Bryan Brothers in the semis to make their second finals appearance. Their first finals run came with a 2015 tournament win in Stockholm.
After teaming up in 2011, the duo of Sock and Monroe is now 10-4 in career play. On their way to the Miami Open finals, the two defeated Henri Kontinen, who is set to become the first player from Finland to rank No. 1 in ATP doubles standings.
Sock is now 8-9 in ATP World Tour finals appearances.
Check out the full results here: http://miamiopen.com/live-scoring-2017
Check out the schedule of match play here: http://miamiopen.com/2017-draws-and-order-of-play
About the Miami Open presented by Itaú
The 2017 Miami Open will be played March 20-April 2 at the Crandon Tennis Center in Miami. The two-week combined event is owned and operated by IMG. The Miami Open is one of nine ATP Masters 1000 Series events on the ATP calendar, a Premier Mandatory event on the WTA calendar, and features the top men's and women's tennis players in the world. The tournament is widely regarded as the most glamorous on the ATP and WTA calendars because of its exotic Miami location, thriving nightlife, five-star hotels and restaurants, beautiful weather and beaches, and its celebrity appeal. For ticket information, call +1.305.442.3367 or visit www.miamiopen.com.
Itau is the largest Latin America privately owned bank, with approximately 95,000 employees and operations in 20 countries throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe. Itaú’s relationship with sport goes back to the 1970s, when Itaú first sponsored the Itaú Tennis Cup in Brazil in 1970. Itaú has been a sponsor of the Miami Open for the last six years, and also sponsors the Rio Open, the only combined ATP/WTA event in South America. Itaú also supports the Brazilian Women’s Tennis Circuit, only female professional tournament in South America, certified by the Brazilian Tennis Confederation (CBT) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF), as well as the Tennis Institute Training Center, responsible for the development of young, new talent.
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