Marat has entered the Doubles as a WC (Wild Card) and playing with Alex Bogdanovic.
Will probably play doubles on Monday before his 2nd round singles match on either Tuesday or Wednesday. Marat is seeded 8 so has a bye into the 2nd round.
If anyone is wondering why Marat is playing with Bogdanovic - Peter Lundgren Marat's ex coach and still great friend - works for British tennis and has been helping Alex with his game as part of the British Tennis team. Alex is a talented player but has more problems than Marat ever had!!
I am sure Peter was the one who got the doubles team together - practice for Marat and a wonderful boost for his charge - Bogdanovic!
Couldn't agree more! Alex Bogdanovic is one of those players with huge amounts of talent but (from what I've heard from the British Davis Cup team and the LTA training team) has a bit of an attitude problem. Still, great idea to get to play a doubles match before your singles match. From the order of play on the Artois website it looks like they won't be playing doubles until Tuesday so Marat's singles match will be on Wednesday...yay!