Lucas Pouille and Jo Wilfried Tsonga take doubles wildcard into Stuttgart


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Lucas Pouille and Jo Wilfried Tsonga take doubles wildcard into Stuttgart

France's Lucas Pouille and Jo Wilfried Tsonga are set to play together for the fourth time as they have taken a wildcard into the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart. Pouille and Tsonga, who haven't played together in nearly two years, have been drawn to meet Germany's Andre Begemann and Dustin Brown in their Stuttgart opener.

The Frenchmen are set to play together at a non-Masters tournament for the first time as all of their previous team appearances came at the Masters 1000 level. Pouille and Tsonga own a 3-3 team record as they made the round-of-16 at Masters 1000 events in Cincinnati and Paris three years ago before they reached that stage at the Montreal Masters a year later.

Meanwhile, home favourite Alexander Zverev and Mischa Zverev are due to open their Stuttgart campaign against fourth-seeded Oliver Marach and Jurgen Melzer. The Zverev brothers, who won it all in Acapulco earlier this year, will be targeting to end their three-match losing streak when they meet Marach and Melzer.

The Stuttgart doubles event will also feature several rising stars as Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime and Pole Hubert Hurkacz are set to meet Great Britain's Luke Bambridge and Jonny O'Mara. Meanwhile, Denis Shapovalov and Rohan Bopanna have been drawn to clash against No.

3 seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, while Nick Kyrgios and Matt Reid will be meeting second-seeded Nikola Mektic and Franko Skugor. 2016 Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic is also set to play as he and partner Robert Lindstedt will open their Stuttgart campaign against Steve Johnson and Gilles Simon.