Filipino Treat Huey and Belarusian Max Mirnyi will open their campaign against Italians Fabio Fognini and Andreas Seppi in the prestigious 2016 French Open doubles competition being held at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris.
The No. 10 tandem of Huey and Mirnyi is one of the 15 seeded pairs in the tournament that include top picks Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut of France, second seeds Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands and Horia Tecau of Romania, third seeds Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Marcelo Melo of Brazil, and fourth seeds Jamie Murray of Great Britain and Bruno Soares of Brazil.
Before the French Open, Huey and Mirnyi competed in five clay tournaments with semifinal finishes in Estoril, Portugal and Barcelona, Spain, and a quarterfinal appearance in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
“We always play positive. Every point is so positive. He [Mirnyi] was looking forward to the next point no matter what happen. One of us could miss the biggest shot in the world but we’re just saying don’t worry about it, next point, next point. He was really positive and always looking forward to do good in the next point,” said the 30-year-old Huey in his previous interview.
Last year, Huey and former American partner Scott Lipsky failed to advance to the second round after absorbing a heartbreaking 6-4, 1-6, 4-6 loss to Marin Draganja of Croatia and Henri Kontinen of Finland in the opening round.
In the first Grand Slam event of the year – the 2016 Australian Open – Huey and Mirnyi made it to the quarterfinals but bowed down to Daniel Nestor of Canada and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic.
In that tournament, Huey reached his first Grand Slam semifinal appearance by conniving with Slovenian Andreja Klepac in the mixed doubles event.