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The 2023 Basel Open doubles tournament is scheduled to begin today. This indoor hard-court event should be great fun to watch, and some very handy players have chosen to compete in this tournament. Given that there is another ATP 500 event taking place this week in Vienna, the fact that so many high-profile players have entered is a credit to the prestige of the event as a whole. With this said, how is the Basel Open doubles tournament shaping up this year?
If you’ve come here looking for a range of details surrounding the tournament, you have come to the right spot. Within the sections below, I shall be dishing out some Basel Open doubles predictions. I will also be looking at the Basel Open order of play, the draw, the main Basel Open seeds, and more. Anyway, with the event kicking off in just a few hours’ time, I feel we should jump right into the deep end and get started now.
Basel Open doubles – day one schedule
Today is the opening day of the 2023 Basel Open doubles tournament. Yet things won’t get started with a bang today, as most of the doubles matches have been reserved for tomorrow and Wednesday – that’s regarding the opening rounds. However, there are still several doubles matches scheduled today, as displayed in the order of play here:
IWB Court 1 – 11:00 start time (UK)
- Riedi/Stricker (WC) vs Heliovaara/Pavic
- Singles match
- Singles match
- Frantzen/Jebens vs Gonzalez/Roger-Vasselin (3)
- Djere/Etcheverry vs Brunold/Huesler (WC)
As you can see from the above order of play, there are two Basel Open wildcards and the number three seeds in action on day one of the main draw. So while there are only three matches, there is plenty of home interest, and this makes for an entertaining opening day.
2023 Basel Open doubles – draw details
Like many ATP 500 tournaments, the Basel Open doubles event consists of a 32-player draw. Broken down, this means that there are 16 teams, eight in each half. Furthermore, due to this smaller draw size when compared with Masters 1000 tournaments or Grand Slams, there are just two seeds in each half of the draw. Of course, this means that there are four seeds in total. But at the same time, we’ve also got one qualifying pair and two wildcards involved.
So there is clearly a balance of players in terms of standard and how they placed in the main draw to begin with. And finally, if you have yet to check out the Basel Open schedule, I can tell you that this tournament will be wrapped up on Sunday, October 29th.
Basel Open doubles 2023 – main seeds and top contenders
As referenced earlier, there are just four seeds in the Basel Open doubles event due to the draw size. These seeded players are divided, with two in the top half and two in the bottom half, and they are set to meet in the semi-finals, respectively. Then again, there are many other pairs in the draw who will be hoping to stop them along the way. As for the specifics of the seeds, let me share the details of them now:
- Dodig/Krajicek – Seed One
- Gonzalez/Molteni – Seed Two
- Gonzalez/Roger-Vasselin – Seed Three
- Murray/Venus – Seed Four
Regarding the location in the Basel Open doubles draw for these seeds, Dodig/Krajicek are at the top as the number one seeds, while Gonzalez/Molteni are at the bottom as the second seeds. As for the third and fourth seeds, Gonzalez/Roger-Vasselin are in the bottom half, while Murray/Venus are in the top half.
Basel Open doubles predictions this year
It’s clearly an interesting draw in the 2023 Basel Open doubles tournament. However, when it comes to the Basel Open doubles odds, predictions, and possible winners, there are a few routes to explore. We could wager on the top seeds, but the odds aren’t great, and it’s not always the best play to back the favorites. Therefore, taking this, and several other factors into account, my prediction for the tournament winners is as follows:
- Murray/Venus – TBD Odds
Murray/Venus haven’t been fantastic during the last couple of months, but they started to show what they can do last week. Specifically, they reached the finals of the Japan Open doubles event, and I believe that if they keep the same form rolling, they have a fighting chance to win the 2023 Basel Open doubles tournament.
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