Top class doubles players are mostly over 30 – some have even nearly reached the age of 40. Good examples are the French-Open-Champions Marcelo Arevalo from El Salvador, 31 years old, and his partner Jean-Julien Rojer from the Netherlands, who is already 40 years old. But old age doesn’t stop a good performance. The two top players, at number two of the ATP-doubles-rankings and also number two-seeded at the 29. TERRA WORTMANN OPEN in Halle, have reached the semi-finals. Yannick Hanfmann and Jan-Lennard Struff, the two German Lucky Loser (went out in the qualifying and then could play in the main field), didn’t really stand a chance against Arevalo/Rojer and lost 3:6, 2:6.
The number one-seeded in Halle, Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos have also reached the semis without any major problems. The Spanish-Argentine doubles team beat Santiago Gonzalez (Mexico) and Andres Molteni (Argentina) clearly 6:3, 6:4. The age of the winners is 36 and 37, respectively. And the age of the losers is 39 and 34. The thesis from the beginning of this text seems to be accurate.
This is also underlined by the winners of the third quarterfinals; Ivan Dodig (37, Croatia) and Austin Krajicek (31, USA). They beat Andrey Golubev (Kazakhstan) and Maximo Gonzalez (Argentina) 7:6 und 6:2. The defeated partners are 34 and 38. Dodig/Krajicek, number four-seeded in the tournament, will now meet Granollers/Zeballos. The semi-finals match will take place on the Tennis-Point-Court on Friday at 14.00 h CEST.
The German top duo Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies is nearly an outsider in age matters. With 30 and 31 years of age the French-Open-winners of 2019 and 2020 you could nearly call them juniors. They lost against the German-New Zealander combination Tim Pütz/Michael Venus in their quarterfinals in Halle. They are both 34 years old. Pütz/Venus will now meet Arevalo/Rojer in the semi-finals on Saturday. This means, if you count them together, 68 years against 71 years. The outcome is uncertain, but most certain is the amount of experience.