The pair were only in the draw due to the withdrawal of Mikhail Youzhny and Daniel Nestor after Youzhny was forced to retire during his singles match against Thiemo de Bakkerdue due to a hip injury.
Despite Fransen and Koolhaf’s lowly doubles rankings of 277 and 334 respectively, they took the first set before the Brits stormed back to take the second set and deciding Champion’s tie-break relatively comfortably.
Fleming and Marray, who have a doubles ranking of 26th and 15th respectively face a tough second-round match on Thursday against third seeds, Swede Robert Lindstedt and Serbian Nenad Zimonjic.
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