American tennis star Bethanie Mattek-Sands has said that she loved her experience at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and cannot wait for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021. 35 year old Mattek-Sands, known for her aggressive game and flamboyant outfits on the court, won the Olympic gold medal in the mixed doubles with Jack Sock at the 2016 Rio Games.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands talks about her Olympic Games experience
In an interview to the Olympic Channel, Mattek-Sands says the Rio Games was a unique and special experience. “The whole thing was the biggest team event I had ever been a part of, so much bigger than you.
I did get the gold with Jack [Sock] and that was a unique and special experience, but I can’t really put that on top of the pedestal because it was really about the whole 10 days”. The American is one of many players, who in recent years, have started to show their personalities on court through the outfits they wear.
She is known for creating some of the most unique looks on the tennis court in recent years, including wearing knee-length socks and a cowboy hat. She says her outfits reflect her personality and help her play better when she is being herself.
"A lot of people feel like tennis is this uppity, preppy sport but when they go to the US Open or the Australian Open you see these outgoing personalities who are super athletic, super passionate. It’s only fitting the attire matches it.
Outfits are a big way to separate yourself from the crowd and to be yourself. When I am myself and I feel good and look good, I play well”. Bethanie Mattek-Sands has won nine Grand Slam titles, five in women's doubles and four in mixed doubles, during her career so far.
While she has been as high as No. 30 in the singles rankings, it is on the doubles court that she has excelled - winning 26 WTA Tour titles, including the 2015 Australian Open, 2015 French Open, 2016 US Open, 2017 Australian Open and 2017 French Open women's doubles titles.
She has also won the 2012 Australian Open, the 2015 French Open and the 2018 and 2019 US Open mixed doubles titles. She is currently ranked No. 20 in the world in doubles and is playing with Shuai Zhang in the doubles event at Cincinncati this week. The two were beaten in the first round by the all-American duo of Taylor Townsend and Asia Muhammad.