The Golden Sunshine Double in Tennis

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Cynthia Ann Miller has served the Hinsdale, IL, region as a real estate attorney since 1991. In addition to Hinsdale, IL, she maintains offices in Downers Grove and Naperville. When she is not overseeing real estate transactions on behalf of her clients Cynthia Miller enjoys staying active through tennis.

Beyond the four major tournaments in New York, Paris, London, and Melbourne, two of the world’s most prestigious tennis tournaments are held in Palm Springs, California, and Miami, Florida, every year in March and April. As joint men and women’s tournaments played over the course of two weeks, both Indian Wells and Miami have been referred to as “the fifth major.” Winning the Indian Wells and Miami tournaments back-to-back is a rare feat on both the ATP and WTA professional tours and has come to be known as the Golden Sunshine Double.

The Golden Sunshine Double has been achieved 10 times on the men’s tour and just three times on the women’s. American Jim Courier won both events in 1991 and became the first player to accomplish the double. The following year Courier’s countryman Michael Chang repeated the feat. In 1994, both Pete Sampras and Steffi Graf enjoyed victories at Indian Wells and Miami. Graf, the first female and non-American to win both tournaments, repeated the double in 1996, becoming one of only three players to do so.

The first non-American male player to win the Golden Sunshine Double was Marcelo Rios in 1998. Andre Agassi, a winner of six Miami titles, won his only Indian Wells title in 2001 to join the Golden Sunshine Double club. The ATP and WTA saw joint double winners once again in 2005, with Kim Clijsters and Roger Federer taking home the trophies. Federer’s second double in 2006 was the most recent until Novak Djokovic scored a hat trick of doubles in 2011, 2014, and 2015.

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