Wesley Moodie, our top ranked doubles player, and his Belgian partner Dick Norman have claimed the last place for the world’s biggest indoor tennis tournament, the Barclays ATP World Tour finals in London later this month.
Moodie and Norman secured their sport in the elite eight-team tournament after Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi beat hopefuls Frantisek Cermak and Michal Mertinak in the BNP Paribas Masters semi-finals in Paris.
Cermak and Mertinak, who reached the semi-finals of the year-end championships last year, had needed to win the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title in Paris-Bercy this week to qualify.
Moodie and Norman, French Open and WImbledon doubles finalists, will now make their team debut at the season’s finale from 21-28 November.
The eight doubles combinations will split into two pools with each pairing playing the other three teams in their group. The top two combinations progress on to the semi-finals.
Moodie and Norman (ranked 12th and 19th on the ATP Tour doubles rankings respectively) have a tough opener though, up against second seeds Daniel Nestor (Canada) and Nenad Zimonjic (Serbia) in their first match on Monday, 22 November.