After his early exit in the singles tournament, Ruben (ATP D-317) was also defeated in the doubles of the Challenger tournament of Indian Wells (United States, CH 125). Together with the German Yannick Maden (ATP D-382) he narrowly lost in the first round.
The Belgian-German tandem had to face the American pair Christopher Eubanks (ATP D-377) and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (ATP D-361). The first set went to Ruben and Yannick with 7-5, but Eubanks and Kwiatkowski got the second set with 6-3. In the super tiebreak, the Americans were too strong with 8-10.