Former World No. 2 in doubles Bruno Soares, of Brazil, says Rafael Nadal will be a contender at the Tokyo Olympic Games in doubles next year, although he does not play doubles on the tour regularly.
Bruno Soares says the duo of Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez will be a danger at the Tokyo Games
In an interview with Olympic Call, Soares spoke about the doubles pairings at the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year.
"We always have a greater concern for doubles pairs, such as the Colombians (Juan Cabal and Robert Farah), the French (Pierre-Hugues Herbert / Nicolas Mahut), the British (Jamie Murray / Neal Skupski), they will be the favorites, along with me and Marcelo (Melo).
But there are other pairs. Take the example of Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez, they are from the old ones, they have been playing together for ten years, despite Nadal not playing doubles on the circuit, we know the danger of this duo." Nadal and Lopez had won the doubles gold medal at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.
The Spanish tennis legend has won 11 doubles titles in all in his career, including a few Masters 1000 series events. 38 year old Soares , who is currently ranked No. 25 in the world in doubles, added that one of the best things about the doubles event at the Olympics was the surprise pairings at the tournament.
"The coolest thing about the Olympics is this uncertainty, how some fitting pairs are formed, that don't play the circuit, there is always a lack of information and at the same time that surprise of how the pair will perform, that's one of the cool things about dynamics of the Olympics." Bruno Soares has career high doubles ranking of World No.
2. He won his first Grand Slam title at the 2016 Australian Open, partnering Jamie Murray and the pair then won the second men's doubles title at the 2016 US Open. He has also won three Grand Slam titles in mixed Doubles, two at the US Open, in 2012 and 2014, and one at the Australian Open in 2016.
Soares has won 32 titles on the ATP tour in doubles besides reaching 30 ATP Finals. He has reached the quarter-finals of the doubles event at the previous two Olympic Games and will be hoping to go one better in Tokyo next season.
Soares has also reached the semi-finals at the season-ending ATP Tour Finals on four occasions in 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018. In singles, Soares peaked at No. 221 in the world rankings.