Alum Robert Lindstedt Wins Australian Open Doubles Grand Slam
Jan. 25, 2014
MELBOURNE – Pepperdine men’s tennis alum Robert Lindstedt, a 1998 ITA All-American for the Waves, won the Australian Open Doubles Grand Slam today with partner Lukasz Kubot. The duo, in their first major tournament together as doubles partners, beat Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen 6-3, 6-3 in Saturday’s final.
Lindstedt, a native of Sweden, and Kubot of Poland were seeded No. 14 in the tournament. En route to the finals, the pair knocked off two seeded teams including No. 4 seeded Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in the third round.
The 1998 NCAA Championship doubles finalist is currently ranked No. 20 in the ATP doubles rankings, but that will likely improve after this weekend’s triumph. Lindstedt was ranked as high as No. 3 in the world during the 2013 professional season.
This is the first Grand Slam title for the 36 year old.
"Fighting injuries and working with the right people back home, trying to find ways to make this happen ... it means absolutely everything to me," said an emotional Lindstedt following the win.
Lindstedt is a three-time doubles finalist at Wimbledon, while playing with Horia Tecau. His best finish at the Australian Open prior to today was a semifinals appearance in 2012. This was the first major title for Kubot.
The former Wave was originally supposed to play with Jurgen Melzer at the Australian Open, but scrambled to find a new partner last month when Melzer was injured.
Lindstedt reached the doubles final of the 1998 NCAA Doubles Championship while playing for Pepperdine, along with partner Kelly Gullett. The duo fell in three sets to current world No. 1 Bob and Mike Bryan of Stanford.
Coincidentally, Butorac and Klaasen handed the top-seeded Bryan Brothers a 7-6 (9), 6-4 loss in the third round, marking their earliest exit from the Australian Open since 2003.
This is the second Grand Slam title won by a Pepperdine player. Four-time All-American and Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Simon Aspelin won the U.S. Open Doubles Grand Slam in 2007.
The Associate Press contributed to this release.