Top-ranked German woman Angelique Kerber says she is toying with the idea of playing mixed doubles at the 2020 Tokyo Games alongside countryman Alexander Zverev, according to TennisMagazin. When asked about the prospects of the two playings in Tokyo together, Kerber commented, "The interest is there.
Let yourself be surprised." The two Germans had partnered together and represented Germany in the Hopman Cup for the past two years. The Hopman Cup was the only mixed team event on the tennis calendar but had to give way in 2020 for the new ATP Cup in Australia.
Kerber and Zverev reached the final at the Hopman Cup in 2018 and 2019, going down to Switzerland on both the occasions. Kerber said that she was disappointed and sad that the Hopman Cup does not exist anymore and will now start her 2020 campaign in Brisbane instead.
The German, a former World No. 1 who is now ranked No. 20 in the world, has begun to work with Dieter Kindlmann in preparation for the new season and says she hopes to regain her confidence on court. "First of all, my goal is to find my rhythm again.
I want to give myself time to find my game, win matches and regain confidence on the pitch." 31-year-old Kerber already has a silver medal at the Olympics - she won reached the finals of the singles event in Rio de Janerio in 2016, losing to Puerto Rico's Monica Puig in the final match.
She turns 32 years old in January and it is likely that Tokyo would be her last Olympics. 22-year-old Zverev withdrew from the Rio Olympics citing health reasons and Tokyo will be his first appearance at an Olympic Games.