Doubles Take looks at what the pros are doing off-court.
SOME MAJOR TALENT
Tennis United hosts and Grand Slam champs Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Vasek Pospisil were recently joined online by two of the greatest doubles players ever: four-time mixed doubles titlists Martina Hingis and Leander Paes.
On the latest episode of the show, Hingis and Paes were quizzed on how well they knew each other’s stats, with Paes eking out the win. Both of them own a career Grand Slam in their respective doubles categories, and teamed up to accomplish the feat together in mixed.
ON A ROLL
So. Much. Sushi. And sashimi. And shrimp tempura.
Joran Vliegen went all out with this spread, which he said was his first-ever crack at pulling this off.
There were some doubts in the comments on whether or not the world No. 36 actually prepared all of this and just didn’t order takeout. The Belgian said he put two-and-a-half hours of work in, which indicates like everyone these days, he surely had some time on his hands.
Last year, former world No. 45 Jamie Cerretani took a dip into the singles world in Washington, falling in the opening round of the qualifying for his first official action without a teammate in several years.
Competing in the International Tennis Series exhibition event, the Brown University alum recently showed he can still pull off a little singles magic when he took on Mackenzie McDonald.
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While McDonald took that match in the Fast4 format, Cerretani has still been hanging tough on while flying solo over the series.
A WINNING REVIEW
Latisha and Hao-Ching Chan recently took a look back at one of their title-winning efforts from last year, by way of the WTA.
In “How to Win a Doubles Title,” the duo broke down some of the key moments from their final-round triumph last year over Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Demi Schuurs in Doha. That win was their second of four victories in 2019.