Greece's Maria Sakkari believes she and Stefanos Tsitsipas can "do some damage" as they resume their 2019 Hopman Cup partnership in the Olympic Tennis Event mixed doubles draw, which promises to be a hotly contested affair after both, Ashleigh Barty, No.
1 in the individual world, and Novak Djokovic's entries were confirmed on Tuesday. The Greek duo will be second-seeded in the 16-player draw, behind France's Kristina Mladenovic and Nicolas Mahut, while Australia's Barty will line up with John Peers and Djokovic will join fellow Serb Nina Stojanovic, both n.
1 in the individual world fighting in two. fronts for the success of the medal in Tokyo. Reigning Olympic mixed doubles champion Bethanie Mattek-Sands returns to defend her title, this time accompanied by Rio 2016 silver medalist Rajeev Ram, who played with Venus Williams against Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock in the medal match.
of American gold five years ago. Mattek-Sands and Ram are the third seeds in the draw, with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Andrey Rublev of the ROC in fourth place. With Sakkari and Tsitsipas advancing by leaps and bounds on the Grand Slam stage this season, and both still in contention at the singles draws in Tokyo, they head to the mixed doubles with medals in mind.
"It's something we both really want, and it's a dream come true for both of us to be here, singles and mixed," said Sakkari, who reached the semi-finals at Roland Garros last month while Tsitsipas reached the final.
“We played together two and a half years ago and we did very well, and now we are both better players. We will certainly do our best to go as far as possible for our country." With only three matches won among the 16 teams and one medal, Olympic mixed doubles leave little room for error and require partnerships that rarely materialize in their regular careers.
to quickly consolidate, which brings its own unique set of pressures.
Nole is enjoying his time both on and off the court
Novak Djokovic has been turning heads lately not just because of who he is, but also because of what he has a chance to accomplish this year.
Djokovic's bid for the Calendar Golden Slam has been the talk of the sporting world lately, and the Serb acknowledged on Monday that all the attention towards tennis has made him "very happy" "I'm representing my country and myself, but I'm also representing tennis," Djokovic said.
"So it (the attention) is a huge honor, honestly. I am very happy to see there's a lot of attention towards tennis players. There's a lot of people that follow tennis and give us support. For me of course it feeds me with good energy to perform well.
I try to focus on that," he added. "I know there is a lot of following and a lot of expectations. I know history is on the line, (it) is in my thoughts, it's in my heart. But I've got to keep things quite simple for me in order to get to the desired destination."