August 19, 2011 5 Comments
Maybe the ‘challenge’ is to test your randomness. Because I don’t see any other way ‘favorite mixed doubles team’ would feature ANYWHERE. There are only four (five, if you count Hopman Cup) mixed events throughout the season, and even though they are a nice form of entertaining, to free your mind from the tough and drenching singles five-setters, I, personally, barely pay attention on who’s and who’s not playing.
Whatever. I declined Kim-Hewitt, for the same reason I have denied her before: do not want this turning into 30 Days of Kim Challenge. My next choice then would be Roddick-Serena, but it still hasn’t happened (though they’re planning to team up for the Olympics).
Next? I thought Jarka-Bellucci, but nah. Then Dulgheru-Marrero, but hell, who is this Diego Marrero guy and what the hell does he think he is doing with my girl? I also excluded some really nice pairings – like the ones involving Hantuchova and Golovin-Gasquet – because I didn’t follow tennis back then. Sucks, huh? Very well. I managed to remind of this one, so, my favorite mixed doubles team is…
Alizé Cornet and Marcelo Melo! Alizé was my first tennis crush – she’s so cute, isn’t she? – and still today, even though she’s not one of my primary favorites anymore, I still like her. And Marcelo “Giraffe” Melo is Brazilian. I know this goes against my philosophy, but being Brazilian is a good reason for me to grow respect towards a tennis player – for many reasons (patriotism not included).
Don’t know if they played together again after the ’09 Australian Open, when they eventually reached the quarterfinals but were forced to withdrew due to an Alizé’s shoulder injury.