07:37 PM GMT July 16, 2017
Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo have become the first doubles team to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 12-19 November.
The Polish-Brazilian team secured their place as a result of lifting their first major doubles trophy at The Championships, Wimbledon, with a 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(2), 6-3, 13-11 victory over Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic. It was their third straight grass-court title (Ricoh Open and Gerry Weber Open) and their seventh tour-level doubles crown. Unbeaten on grass in 2017 with a 14-0 record, Kubot and Melo have a 33-9 match tally this year.
Melo has now qualified for the prestigious season finale for the fifth straight year (since 2013). Three years ago, the Brazilian advanced to the final in London with Ivan Dodig (l. to Bryans). Dodig, who partnered Marach in 2009 and 2010, also reached the 2014 semi-finals with Robert Lindstedt.
Melo will begin his third stint (26 weeks) at No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings on Monday. He first became No. 1 on 2 November 2015 until 3 April 2016, then reached the summit again from 9 May to 5 June 2016.