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Kontinen and Peers to light up Roland Garros

Posted last June 4, 2017, 2:31 pm in Entertainment report article

It’s been a very successful year for the dynamic duo of Henri Kontinen and John Peers.


Not only did they win their first team Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, they did so after their string of 2016 victories in the Paris Masters and ATP World Tour Finals.


The Finnish-Australian double even beat ATP doubles champions Bob and Mike Bryan, the Americans dominating the tournament and claiming practically every record of the past ten years. After their win at the Australian Open, Kontinen-Peers have pulled off the unthinkable trilogy of Paris, London, and Melbourne - all in a breathtaking three-month window.


And now they look to do the same in Paris.


They will be leading a strong, possibly unbeatable doubles field on the Roland Garros clay, looking to repeat last November’s success.


And it will be a challenge. They’ll be opening against similarly strong pair David Marrero and Tommy Robredo, and will likely come up against defending Spanish champions, Feliciano and Marc Lopez.


Yet, Kontinen and Peers, given their winning streak and history, are more than likely to put on a good show. If there are any relatively sure betting tips to be had, it’s that these two will be ones to watch - yet again.


Kontinen, a Finnish native, has had an impressive career taking him to Paris, having won 14 doubles titles on ATP tours. The ‘Flying Finn’ has also made history, becoming the first Finn to ever rank number 1 in a doubles tournament.


It’s amazing to think that however skilled and effective the pair are, such successes might not even have happened has Kontinen and Peers not eventually partnered together.


Back in 2015, Peers, together with Great Britain’s Jamie Murray, reached the finals of both Wimbledon and the US Open, having made their first appearance at the finals of the ATP World Tour.


At the same time, Kontinen was partnering with Croatian Marin Draganja, winning three titles in the first six months of 2015 alone. Disaster struck when Draganja became injured, and after playing alongside a few different partners, Kontinen found success again. With Philippine Treat Huey, the pair went on to win titles in St Petersburg and Kuala Lumpur.




With successful seasons behind them, 2015 ended in uncertainty for both of the soon-to-be partners. Peers and Murray split after having been together since 2013, and Kontinen, despite his successes (not to mention five title wins) with partners Draganja and Huey, ended the year without a serious partner.


As both were free, they teamed up for the 2016 season, immediately capturing the title in Brisbane after doing so. It would be some time before they found success again or even entered another final. After winning the clay court tournament in Munich, and then after Wimbledon, and yet more success in Hamburg, they floundered in the summer hard-court season. Kontinen had some success in the US Open with partner Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and left Peers behind again top win St Petersburg - again - with new partner Dominic Inglot.


It was only when the two returned to one another that things really began taking off. Losing their first match to Lindstedt and Peya in the Japan Open, they made a storming return to form in Shanghai, advancing to their first 1000-level final as partners. It was then that they began their streak of title-smashers, winning the Paris Masters, London, and their first Grand Slam. The ‘Flying Finn’ had certainly earned his nickname - and for fans who just can’t wait to watch him fly some more and want a taste of Finland in the meantime, there’s always the option of playing tennis-related games (for possible profit) over at the best Finnish online casinos.


While Kontinen and Peers are still quite new to the Grand Slam winner circle and given their 2016-2017 season, it looks certain that further rewards (and titles) await them in Roland Garros, Wimbledon, and the US Open. That’s almost exceptional when you consider the length of time they’ve been playing together and the fact that it may never have even happened in the first place, and that it did so by chance. All eyes will certainly be eagerly watching them at Roland Garros this summer.