After the ATP singles stars made their 2023 predictions, the world’s best doubles teams sat down to make their picks for the year.
Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury have been a consistent force at the top of the Pepperstone ATP Doubles Team Rankings, but have never finished as the year-end No. 1 duo. However, they were a popular pick to claim the honour in 2023, with Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah and Nikola Mektic/Mate Pavic among the teams to choose the American-British pair.
“Salisbury and Ram because they have been playing well the past two years,” Farah said.
When asked to pick which team would win the most ATP Masters 1000 titles, Lloyd Glasspool/Harri Heliovaara and Wesley Koolhof/Neal Skupski were among the teams that jokingly picked themselves before locking in on Mektic and Pavic.
“They have always been a great team, making it to the final at [the] Nitto ATP Finals in Turin [last year],” Koolhof said.
When it came to the breakthrough team of the season, Julian Cash and Henry Patten were a popular pick, with four teams choosing the Brits. Cash and Patten enjoyed a standout 2022, winning 10 ATP Challenger Tour titles.
“They are very good players. They are new on the Tour this year,” Glasspool said.
Koolhof and Skupski won seven tour-level titles last year, but were unable to capture a Grand Slam. Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer were one of the teams confident the Dutch-British team will achieve that feat in 2023.