For the first time as a pair, former UCLA and Tulsa standouts, Jean-Julien Rojer and Marcelo Arevalo, have been crowned Grand Slam Champions as they win the 2022 French Open Men’s Doubles Championship.
As the No. 28 & No. 29 ranked doubles players coming into the French Open, Arevalo and Rojer went into the Slam as the No. 12 seed within the Men’s Doubles Draw and never looked back taking down the No. 7 and No. 16 ranked paires en route to the title.
Facing off against another former college tennis alum in Austin Krajicek (Texas A&M) and his partner Ivan Dodig in the Finals, Arevalo and Rojer faced their fair share of adversity early in today’s match dropping a heavily contested first set in a tiebreaker after both teams held serve throughout the entire first set.
With their backs now against the wall, Arevalo and Rojer would once again be put to the test in the second set where they found themselves down 6-5 with Krajicek and Dodig serving for Championship Point. Unphased by the pressure, Arevalo and Rojer would go on to fend off three Championship Points before taking the game and the set to force a decisive third set.
With all of the momentum now on their side, Arevalo and Rojer were able to force an early break in the third set and never looked back winning 6-3 in the final set to take the match and the Championship.
For Arevalo, this Title now marks his fourth so far in his professional career and is his first Grand Slam Title in just his second Finals appearance. For Rojer, he now becomes the oldest Grand Slam Champion in the open era as he takes home his fourth Grand Slam Title over his storied professional career.