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Tennis Briefs: U.S. Players Talk Mixed, U.S. vs. Serbia on Clay

December 29, 2009 06:00 PM
 

 Bob and Mike Bryan

Florida's Williams Sisters, Roddick, Bryans Ready for Olympics Mixed Tennis

Mixed doubles will be a new addition to the 2012 Olympics tennis at Wimbledon, and the Florida U.S. pro contingent of the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, and the world No. 1 doubles tandem of Bob and Mike Bryan are already gearing up.

"When I heard that mixed had been added, it put a big smile on my face," said Bob, who with his brother won bronze at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. "I always thought about that. Why didn't they have mixed in it from the start? I was hoping that would happen. It's awesome to have more chances to win a medal. Michael Phelps has like 10 chances to win a medal. We get one, or two, depending on if you play singles and or doubles."

Andy Roddick is also excited about the pairing possibilities, and like the Bryans and Williams, is active on Twitter talking some "smack" about who can go the farthest in the mixed event.

"We're all so excited -- I want to play, Mike wants to play, Andy wants to play, we're all going to battle to the death for the gold in London," Bob said. "I think it's going to be so great for the fans. They're going to get to see all the stars of the game, playing on one court, for their countries, for a medal. It doesn't get any better than that."

Bob and Venus finished as runners-up in the Wimbledon mixed in 2006.

"How cool would that be if we won the gold at Wimbledon, at the Olympics?" Bob said. "That would be unreal. I'm fired up right now thinking about that."

Serbia to Put U.S. on Clay in 2010 Davis Cup

Serbia will host the U.S. in the first round of the 2010 Davis Cup in March, and have chosen indoor red clay, historically the U.S.'s worst surface, for the encounter.

The Serbia-U.S. match will be played at the 20,000-seat Belgrade Arena on March 5-7, 2010.

Novak Djokovic will likely lead the Serbian charge, joined by some combination of Viktor Troicki, Janko Tipsarevic, Ilija Bozoljac and Nenad Zimonjic. Andy Roddick and the Bryan brothers will lead the U.S. charge, with James Blake and Sam Querrey likely competing between now and March for the No. 2 singles spot.

Other Davis Cup first-round matches are Switzerland (Roger Federer) vs. Spain (Rafael Nadal), Germany at France, India at Russia, Argentina at Sweden, Israel at Chile, Croatia at Ecuador, and Czech Republic at Belgium.

 

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