Filipino-American Treat Conrad Huey and British Dominic Inglot will start their bid in the doubles play against the unheralded Colombian pair in the prestigious 2014 Australian Open in Melbourne.
The 12th-seeded tandem of Huey and Inglot battles an unfamiliar duo in Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the opening round.
Huey and Inglot are in the upper half of the draw together with the No. 1 Bryan brothers—Mike and Bob—and No. 3 David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco of Spain.
Last year, Huey and Inglot lost to fourth seeds Max Mirnyi of Belarus and Horia Tecau of Romania in the first round, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (8), 3-6. But they were able to make it to the third round of the French Open in June and Wimbledon Championships in July before reaching the quarterfinals of the US Open in September.
Huey and Inglot bounced back by winning the Basel tournament in Switzerland in October. They also had runner-up trophies in Winston-Salem in US in August, and in Dusseldorf, Germany in May.
In March, Huey teamed up with Jerzy Janowicz of Poland as they took the runner-up honors in Indian Wells in California.
Last week, Huey and Inglot took part in the Sydney International as part of their buildup for the first Grand Slam event of the year.
They beat Spain’s Pablo Andujar and David Marrero in the first round, 6-4, 6-3, but bowed to No. 3 Rohan Bopanna of India and Aisam Qureshi of Pakistan in the next round, 7-6 (3), 6-7 (5), 3-10.