Why is mixed tennis so much more fun than the singles?
Two years ago, Andy Murray’s older brother Jamie won the mixed doubles at Wimbledon with partner Jelena Jankovic. They became the talk of Wimbledon because their obvious enjoyment of the game was in such stark contrast to the dour approach that little brother Andy always brings to the tennis court. Whilst most of the coverage at Wimbledon focuses on the singles, it often seems that the doubles, and in particular the mixed doubles, is where both players [as well as the crowd] have far more fun. But how easy is it play as Mr and Mrs, and what is the etiquette of mixed tennis? Do the men really hit the ball as hard as possible at the women? How do the tactics work? And, which player combinations work best? To try and answer these questions, Jenni is joined by one of the game’s best ever doubles players – Frew McMillan – and by Christine Janes who [as Christine Truman] won the French Open in 1959 and once turned down Rod Laver as a doubles partner.
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