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2012 London Mixed Teams

dinkulpus
02-13-2012, 08:37 AM
It will be nice here to post all teams who will play on mixed doubles debut :wavey:


Dimitrov/Pironkova :inlove:

Any others

Bashak
02-13-2012, 09:31 AM
This is actually heavily discussed over at tf. So you can look for info on there. India will probably take place with Sania Mirza +1. I hope Belarus plays.

Eddy DoubleD
02-14-2012, 05:06 PM
Maybe Horia Tecau and Monica Niculescu for Romania:yeah:

JMG
02-16-2012, 10:55 AM
It will be nice here to post all teams who will play on mixed doubles debut :wavey:


Dimitrov/Pironkova :inlove:

Any others

There are only 16 spots. Why would they get entry?

Nathaliia
02-16-2012, 11:21 AM
because they are the best looking

unfair there are only 16 spots though. easily could be extended to 32 and one of the extra teams could get a medal

Chilenaitor
02-16-2012, 03:38 PM
maybe WC to Rivera/Koch (chilean) runner-up in juegos panamericanos (mexico) 2011

mooncreek
02-16-2012, 03:46 PM
16 teams? I wonder how they're going to determine which countries play, much less the teams, because there are a lot of players who have been talking about mixed doubles.

BrunoBeidacki
02-16-2012, 03:53 PM
Brazil won't play because actually, our girls suck.

misty1
02-17-2012, 04:23 PM
kvitova and stepanek have been confirmed

Certinfy
02-17-2012, 07:55 PM
kvitova and stepanek have been confirmed
:facepalm: Can't believe they didn't go with Berdych and Kvitova.

But then at least Tomas can concentrate more on mens doubles and singles now.

Li Ching Yuen
02-17-2012, 07:58 PM
:facepalm: Can't believe they didn't go with Berdych and Kvitova.

But then at least Tomas can concentrate more on mens doubles and singles now.

Berdych is gonna catch another Olympics before he calls it quits and Stepanek is the better doubles player. Sound decision.

misty1
02-17-2012, 11:02 PM
:facepalm: Can't believe they didn't go with Berdych and Kvitova.

But then at least Tomas can concentrate more on mens doubles and singles now.

the really puzzler is kviotva. Radek has so many better options to choose from

but apparently petra approached radek and he said yes

besides if petra is serious about getting a medal in this then her chances are far better with radek who outclasses tomas as a doubles player by a mile

im not even sure they should send tomas in doubles when there are better options available

Tulipe
02-18-2012, 12:36 AM
the really puzzler is kviotva. Radek has so many better options to choose from

but apparently petra approached radek and he said yes

besides if petra is serious about getting a medal in this then her chances are far better with radek who outclasses tomas as a doubles player by a mile

im not even sure they should send tomas in doubles when there are better options available

Tomas and Radek are the best doubles team we can possibly put together. We have doubles specialists but all of them play with foreign partners. Radek and Tomas are the only ones who are at least a bit used to playing together because of Davis Cup. Also way more likely to overcome the pressure.

Naudio Spanlatine
02-18-2012, 08:25 AM
:inlove:Kvitova/Stepanek and Pironkova/Dimitrov:inlove:

Vamos. :angel:

Ash86
02-18-2012, 08:48 AM
I kind of think it's ridiculous that Mixed Doubles has been let into the Olympics - it's only played at the slams and even then not by the top players and a bit of a joke. An Olympic gold medal in most sports is the most prestigious title you can win and with the mixed doubles you could have some real underachievers win this. That's a problem with tennis being in the Olympics anyway as it's not the highest award in tennis and you've had people like Massu win gold in the past - but at least with the doubles & men's singles it'll be a strong competitive field - with mixed doubles you'll have random odd pairings that never normally play together and end up winning a really important medal.

Why they let it in and yet sports like squash etc. which get very little attention anyway weren't allowed in I don't understand. Mixed doubles is fun to watch but not played enough competitively for it to be given prestigious titles. Someone with a mixed doubles grand slam isn't taken that seriously - a gold medal will also now be devalued a bit in my eyes.

All that said, the Czech, USA, France & Germany teams will probably be the strongest with good male & female players (if they all enter):

France: Gasquet/Bartoli - question mark over whether the French Federation will allow her to go given her Fed Cup situation but if she does then it's a good pairing on grass...
USA: Isner/Williams - I know Serena talked about partnering Roddick but given his form she should really go with John. Mardy could work but I'd stick with John & his serve on grass.
Czech: Stepanek/Kvitova - great team - a great doubles player & a wimbledon champ
Germany: Petzchner/Georges/Lisicki/Petkovic - Phillip with any of the top German girls could work well - he does well on grass and is a great doubles player...

Tulipe
02-18-2012, 11:57 AM
This decreased importance of mixed doubles is a kind of recent trend, I think. In the past, it was usually the mixed doubles which decided the team competitions for example. Kids trained mixed doubles because of that. Now it's only in the highest competition as the deciding 9th match here, while before it was perfectly normal that 14 years olds were playing mixed doubles decider, so they had to be used to it. But nowadays, kids are not even used to playing doubles anymore. They just pair up randomly at the tournament, but you never see the pairs training together. Each kid has an individual training. I wonder whether there will still be some doubles specialists after two generations.

What is this psychology of mixed doubles being "just for fun" anyways? I don't think on the Olympics it will be like that, though, because a medal is a medal, not just for you, but for your country. You don't care that much if it's singles or doubles or mixed doubles if you've won something for your country, while at the Slams you'd rather win Wimbledon singles than mixed doubles. But the devaluation of doubles is something I really hate seeing. The influence of the media is there too, by the way, when was the last time you've watched a doubles match (when did the TV aired one, that means)?

As for Stepanek and Kvitova, I think they will take this seriously. Radek wants a medal for sure and this is his last chance. He will be the one more ambitious in the team.

adam10
02-19-2012, 04:00 PM
Ivanoic and Zimonjic.