Rising Russian stars Karen Khachanov and Daniil Medvedev will play doubles at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. Khachanov, 22, and 22-year-old Medvedev are set to debut as a pair at the ATP level. Khachanov and Medvedev won a Futures doubles title in 2014.
In their last appearance as a team, the Russians lost in the quarter-final of a Futures event in 2015. Khachanov and Medvedev haven't been handed an easy draw as they will be meeting 2015 Nitto ATP Finals champions Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau in their Rotterdam opener.
However, Khachanov and Medvedev will have their chances against Rojer and Tecau. Rojer and Tecau haven't won a match this season as they have picked up three opening round exits in 2019. Meanwhile, Belgian tennis star Davis Goffin and this year's Australian Open semi-finalist Lucas Pouille have also entered the Rotterdam men's doubles draw.
Goffin, 28, and 24-year-old Pouille are set to play doubles together at an ATP event for the second time in their respective careers. Goffin and Pouille debuted as a pair on the grass of Halle in 2016. Back then, the Belgian and his French partner suffered a first-round exit to USA's Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan.
Goffin and Pouille haven't been especially lucky with their Rotterdam draw as well as they are due to meet No. 4 seeds Marcel Granollers and Nikola Mektic in their opening match at the tournament. However, doubles specialists Granollers and Mektic have no previous appearances together as they are set to debut as a pair in Rotterdam.