ATP/WTA: De Minaur and Boulter's 'double trouble'

Wimbledon is just around the corner with the world's finest taking to the grass courts.

Boulter De Minaur Wimbledon 2023©Tim Clayton (Getty Images)
 - Alex Sharp

The terrain of the tennis tour has swiftly switched from the terre battue to the short but sweet grass court campaign.

There are only three weeks of tournaments before Wimbledon launches into action on July 1st. One down, two to go.

Here's a look at the latest headlines from the turf…

Demon and Boulter the title couple

Just three months ago Alex de Minaur and Katie Boulter won titles in the same weekend.

The tennis power couple repeated that feat on Sunday as the Australian ruled in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, with a 6-2, 6-4 triumph over Sebastian Korda.

Over to Nottingham in the UK and Boulter matched her partner by defending her title on home soil. The Brit edged former world No.1 Karolina Pliskova 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, having also wrapped up a three-set semi-final victory over Emma Raducanu earlier in the day. Talk about double duty.

These title heroics prompted De Minaur to post on social media, "How did that happen again Katie Boulter? You are a joke!!! #doubletrouble"

In doing so, De Minaur's ninth career trophy boosts him to a career-high world No.7 spot.

"That's a great little bonus,” said the 25-year-old. “My first week on grass couldn’t have gone any better, so I’m looking forward to next week at Queen’s and the whole grass-court season with a smile on my face."

Boulter started Sunday a set down to 2021 US Open champion Raducanu, before storming to a third career silverware.

"This is a little bit of déjà vu. I'm not sure if I'm dreaming or this just happened. To to come out here and play some seriously good tennis and get over the line, I'm not entirely sure how I did it in the end," said Boulter. "But I've gone back-to-back and I'm super proud of myself."

In the WTA 's-Hertogenbosch event, No.2 seed Liudmila Samsonova managed to navigate past the resurgent Bianca Andreescu 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Andreescu, in her first tour final since June 2022, and four-time major winner Naomi Osaka played out an enthralling 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(3) quarter-final clash.

Keep tabs on that major duo over at Wimbledon.

Third time lucky for Jack

Jack Draper is the British No.1 following a milestone weekend in Stuttgart.

In his third ATP final, the 22year-old entered the winner's circle for the very first time with a 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 victory over former Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini.

It's a remarkable turnaround for the world No.31, who was denied a grass court swing last summer with a shoulder injury, en route to falling outside the world Top 100 back in August.

"It's incredible," said Draper, now likely to be seeded at Wimbledon. "It was a really, really tough match. But I'm really happy to win my first title. It means so much to me.

"I think it's just a lot of hard work. A lot of tough moments the last year or so. It's been up and down, but I'm really, really glad with the way I played and I think it's a testament to the work I've been doing."

Leading lights on the lawns

After a quick break in Ibiza to toast his Roland-Garros triumph, reigning Wimbledon champion Carlos Alcaraz is in London to attempt to defend his Queen's Club title.

Elsewhere, world No.1 Jannik Sinner and Daniil Medvedev have headed to Germany for grass court fine-tuning in Halle.

Also in Germany, a stacked Berlin draw sees Coco Gauff, Aryna Sabalenka and defending Wimbledon winner Marketa Vondrousova in contention. Roland-Garros champion Iga Swiatek opted for some rest after her dominant clay court stint and pulled out of the Berlin entry list.

Who can find their form, footing and momentum ahead of a trip to south west London?