Zagreb, 11 September 2020 – One of the best Croatian tennis players in doubles Mate Pavić won with his partner Bruno Soares from Brazil the US Open Men’s Doubles tournament. In the "Croatian" finals, Pavić and Soares defeated Nikola Mektić and Dutchman Wesley Koolhof with 2-0 in sets (7-5, 6-3).

Pavić thus won his second Grand Slam in Men's doubles (the first is the Australian Open 2018), having so far played in the finals (Men's Doubles) at all three remaining Grand Slam Tournaments. In addition to two triumphs in the Men's Doubles competition, the 27-year-old from Split has won two titles in Mixed Doubles at the Grand Slams - he won the US Open in 2016 and the Australian Open in 2018. 

Leading officials of the Croatian Olympic Committee (COC) - President Zlatko Mateša and Secretary General Josip Čop - congratulated Mato Pavić on his new great success, but did not forget our other finalist - Nikola Mektić:

Dear Mate,

you made us very happy with a new triumph in Doubles at the Grand Slam. Apart from returning the Croatian tennis – in these for sports difficult times – back on the winning track, you also became our first tennis player to win the US Open in Doubles after half a century and Pilić's triumph. On behalf of the Croatian Olympic Family and on our own behalf, we congratulate you on this success! We also congratulate your teammate Soares, as well as your national team colleague Nikola Mektić on the great game and performance in Men’s Doubles finals at the US Open.