Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut will have their work cut out for them if they are to retain their BNP Paribas Open doubles crown this year. A stacked doubles field at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden features three of the Big Four, with Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal all competing, not to mention an all-star pairing of Grigor Dimitrov (pictured) and Stan Wawrinka.
Herbert and Mahut open their title defense against John Isner and Jack Sock, last year’s Shanghai champions. Then in the round of 16 it could be a match-up with Djokovic and Viktor Troicki, should the Serbian duo defeat Rohan Bopanna and Pablo Cuevas in their opener.
Rafael Nadal is pairing up with Australian Bernard Tomic. They could meet David Goffin and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the round of 16.
Australian Open champions Henri Kontinen and John Peers have French duo Fabrice Martin and Lucas Pouille in the first round, with a potential round of 16 clash against either Dominic Thiem/Philipp Kohlschreiber or Alexander and Mischa Zverev.
Juan Martin del Potro is teaming up with doubles stalwart, Leander Paes, meanwhile Murray will join forces with fellow Brit, Daniel Evans.
Fan favorites, Bob and Mike Bryan, are the second seeds. The American twins are looking to win the desert doubles title for the third time, but have a dangerous first round against Nick Kyrgios and Nenad Zimonjic. Tomas Berdych could await in the round of 16, with the Czech teaming up with Philipp Petzschner.