The mixed doubles event at the Grand Slams usually see some exciting combinations. And at this year's Australian Open, two young stars of the game will be joining forces for the mixed doubles event for the first time. 24 year old Australian Nick Kyrgios will partner 18 year old American Amanda Anisimova in the mixed doubles, as per noted Australian tennis expert Jedd Zetzer.
Kyrgios and Anisimova, a semi-finalist at the French Open last year, are already good friends and even practiced in Miami together last year. Kyrgios has been busy with the Australian bushfire crisis, raising funds for those impacted by the disaster.
He was also part of the AO Rally for Relief event in Melbourne, which raised nearly $5 million AUSD for those affected by the fires. Anisimova is considered to be one of the rising stars of the women's game and already has a multi-million dollar deal with Nike.
It will be interesting to see which other players combine for the mixed doubles event. Former World No. 1 doubles star Sania Mirza, of India, has said that she will be playing in Melbourne with countryman Rohan Bopanna. It will be her first Grand Slam in two years as she took a break from the tour to have her first child.
Mirza played her first doubles event in two years in Hobart this week and won the title with her partner Nadiia Kichenok.