Fantasy Mixed Doubles

22/03/2020

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Martina Hingis and Jamie Murray

Crazy rallies, stirring camaraderie, skills aplenty and a showcase of near-surreal game-reading ability… Welcome to the world of great British mixed doubles specialists.

We are matching up some recent and historic Grand Slam mixed doubles winners against each other and we want you to crown the champion of champions. Take a look at the full line-up and check out the wild cards that we have given to a few special Grand Slam singles winners. The draw will be announced tomorrow, with voting taking place every day next week on the LTA Twitter account.

Martina Hingis & Jamie Murray

One of the classiest pairings ever to walk on court. In 2017, Hingis (during her second comeback) and Murray forged an unbeaten partnership with 10 victories in 10 matches, winning back-to-back majors at Wimbledon and the US Open. “Martina’s understanding of court positioning is unparalleled,” said Murray, also praising her champion mentality and exemplary shot-making ability.” I have never experienced that with any partner I played with - man or woman.”

Heather Watson & Henri Kontinen

Heather and Henri 2016

Watson describes mixed doubles as less intense than singles and women's doubles, and that liberation gives the British No.2 scope to channel her naturally aggressive playing style to counter the bigger, court-covering reach of the men on the other side of the net. “Amazing things can happen,” she said, as in 2016, when she was introduced by former British player Chris Eaton to Finnish doubles specialist Kontinen. “I just thought ‘What the hell’ - and we f***ing won Wimbledon!”

Jelena Jankovic & Jamie Murray

Jamie Murray and Jelena Jankovic

At Wimbledon 2007, Murray’s novelty partnership with Jankovic, then ranked No.3 in the world, brought him a Grand Slam title before his brother – and gave spectators a fairytale ending. What on-court chemistry! When the unseeded Serb-Scot duo beat Jonas Bjorkman and Alicia Molik 6-4,3-6, 6-1 in the final, Murray became the first British champion on the grass of SW19 since Jeremy Bates and Jo Durie won the title in 1987.

Jo Durie & Jeremy Bates

Jo Durie and Jeremy Bates

During an era when the home nation was desperate for British success – the unseeded Durie and Bates served up an exuberant, nerve-defying triumph at Wimbledon 1987, beating Darren Cahill and Nicole Provis of Australia to become the first all-British pairing to win the mixed dubs in 51 years. Three and a half years later, they claimed a second title (again unseeded), overcoming the American duo Robin White and Scott Davis at the Australian Open.

Wendy Turnbull & John Lloyd

Wendy Turnbull and John Lloyd

This Brit-Aussie pairing won three Grand Slam mixed doubles titles: the French Open in 1982 (when they were also runners-up at Wimbledon) and Wimbledon in 1983 and 1984. The diminutive Turnbull, nicknamed “Rabbit” for her speed around the court, played with a consistency that complemented Lloyd’s all-round game and ability to play the pressure points. 

Bethanie Mattek-Sands & Jamie Murray

Jamie Murray and Mattek-sands

A crowd-thrilling duo with immense experience. After previous partner Martina Hingis retired, Murray responded to a text overture from Mattek-Sands. “I was, like, ‘I have got to play with Beth,’ I have lost to her so many times.” Alongside the American doubles virtuoso, who describes herself as “funky, spunky and outgoing”, Murray has conjured a lot of fun and collected two US Open titles (2018, 2019).

Serena Williams & Andy Murray (Wild Card)

Andy Murray and Serena Williams

Both former world No.1s; both Olympic champions. In terms of pedigree, it’s hard to beat this stellar partnership. One side holds 39 Grand Slam titles - 23 in singles, 14 in women’s doubles, two in mixed (Wimbledon and US Open 1998, with Max Mirnyi); the other is a three-times Grand Slam singles champion and heroic team player. Who can forget Wimbledon 2019, when the MurRena journey was fun every point and mid-court tete-a-tete of the way.

Virginia Wade & Fred Perry (Wild Card)

Virginia Wade and Fred Perry

A wild-card pairing of unparalleled pedigree! This surely ranks as the all-time fantasy dream team, with Perry - the iconic, era-defining, three times Wimbledon champion - and Wade, the champion in the year of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, serving up a Best of British competitive presence. Can’t quite imagine them fist-bumping between each point, but they would surely play to Perry’s credo: “Remember that attack is the best form of defence. Never play for safety!”

Voting will take place every day next week on our Twitter account. Who are you backing to take the title? 

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