Winning the sunshine double is one of the biggest challenges in tennis. March always brings a month of fun an exciting tennis from California and Miami as Indian Wells and Miami welcome the ATP and WTA tour.
The sunshine double is something we haven’t seen in the sport since 2016 but it’s history goes further back.
Jim Courier was the first player to do this back in 1981 and in 1984 Steffi Graf and Peter Sampras joined the party.
Since 1984 it was quite the wait on the tour and the next winner of the double was a recently returning Kim Clijsters back in 2005. In that year a player who won’t be here sadly this year was Roger Federer who won it in 2005, 2006 and the last player to do so in 2017.
In the last 13 years there have just been two winners of the double. Victoria Azarenka in 2016 and in 2014, 2015 and 2016 a certain world number one Novak Djokovic won the double on three consecutive occasions but in the last three hasn’t made it to the quarter finals!
What does it take to win the double?
It is something even some of the best in tennis haven’t done and for it to have only been achieved by seven players in the last 35 years is quite incredible.
The benefit of it is it is like player a Grand Slam event as you play every other day but also that aspect of winning a major is only an ingredient the experienced men on the ATP tour have but multiple women have shown their fearless tennis so I wouldn’t rule anything out there.
We have seen new winners recently with Dominic Thiem winning last year at Indian Wells but losing his first match in Miami so finding that rhythm is still a problem from big event to event.
I don’t think you need to nessecarily need to come into this month in good form, most players usually only play a week or so from Melbourne to Indian Wells and in 2016 Djokovic left Dubai early and went onto win the double.
If I were to pick players on the ATP and WTA tour to do this double it would be… Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Ash Barty and Elena Rybakina!