Between all the excitement, possible excitement and Dispute over media obligations At the start of the French Open, it’s understandable if you missed Sunday’s announcement that Venus Williams and Coco Gauff are team up to play doubles in the tournament.
Wednesday’s first-round match will be the first time 40-year-old Williams, who has won seven singles and 14 double titles at majors in her historic career, and 17-year-old Gauff, a rising star, together for the first time play the WTA Tour and after victories in singles and doubles in Parma. And while they’ve never been on the same side of the net, they’ve faced each other twice – Gauff won both games.
This is also the first major doubles draw where Williams will play with anyone other than her sister Serena, and the first for Gauff without her longtime partner and friend Caty McNally, who retired due to injury. Still, even the most ardent Williams Sisters or # McCoco fans will likely have to admit that this new duo is pretty exciting.
Before you come up with a smart nickname for the couple, let’s take a look at some of our favorite doubles and mixed doubles teams when two stars unexpectedly merged.
Do we have to say more? Just look at these two names. With 26 big singles together, the two were called “Serandy” and became a must-see tennis at the All England Club, even twice on Center Court – a rarity for mixed doubles in the early round. The duo was eliminated in the round of 16, but remains the gold standard for star power in mixed doubles.
The Swiss stars have teamed up several times over the years for the Hopman Cup and won it together in 2018 and 2019. While it would be even more fun to see the duo at a slam or the upcoming Olympics, their partnership has resulted in tons of entertaining moments over the years – including during the only game that Federer played against Serena Williams (with partner) started Frances Tiafoe).
It’s no surprise that the world’s number one has a choice of playing doubles with almost anyone – and Barty has done a great deal over the past few years. She reached the US Open final in 2019 with Victoria Azarenka and is currently playing with the reigning Australian Open finalist Jennifer Brady. But her partnership with Vandeweghe, the 2017 US Open semi-finalist, has been the most fruitful. The pair won the 2018 US Open, their first major title, and the notoriously intense players celebrated each win by flossing on the court and then breaking up in laughter.
– US Open Tennis (@usopen) 4th September 2018
Let’s get that out of the way for now: this isn’t the most successful pairing you’ll read about here, and they lost in the first round of their only appearance together in the 2018 Australian Open grand doubles. But they made it to the final of the Citi Open 2017 and the 2018 Rogers Cup Quarter in Bouchard’s hometown of Montreal.
And frankly, the combination of two former top 10 players who remain some of the most iconic and social media savvy players on tour is just too good not to mention. The couple trained together as preteens in Florida, and their friendship is always visible when they go to court together or post about it later.
This is another one that falls under the “better name” category. These two superstars (and friends who play pranks) met in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2018. and Cincinnati partnered twice. They didn’t win a match at any of the events, but still filled the seats and kept the crowd more than entertained. While it’s hard to get one of the best singles male contenders to play doubles at a major since the best of five sets are exhausting and all, we can only dream that one day these two will in front of an enthusiastic crowd Melbourne.
Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki, 2020 Auckland
This wasn’t a slam either, but we couldn’t skip this pairing. After Wozniacki announced that she would be retiring after the 2020 Australian Open, the longtime friends decided they had to team up once before the end of their careers. They did just that in Auckland, and although they had never played on the same side of the net (they had met 11 singles), the Besties made it to the finals. Despite losing in the title fight, the two obviously loved playing together.
“I think my only regret in tennis is that we didn’t do it sooner because I had so much fun,” said Wozniacki as the trophy was presented on the pitch.
Andy Murray and Jamie Murray
These brothers may not seem like an unlikely pair, but due to Andy’s success in singles, they haven’t had as many opportunities to team up over the years. They still won two titles together (2010 and 2011) and most recently met at the Citi Open in 2019, where they lost in the quarterfinals. It was the first time they’d played as a team in three years, and it made their mother Judy nostalgic.
– Judy Murray (@JudyMurray) July 24, 2019
Much like the pairing Venus Williams-Coco Gauff, with two stars representing different generations, Mattek-Sands and Swiatek are 16 years apart and both are real winners. Mattek-Sands has five major double titles and Swiatek is the reigning French Open single champion.
The two of them also have a lot of fun with the age difference. During their first tournament together, the Miami Open in March, the two shared dozen of videos and inside jokes from their training sessions on social media. Their chemistry translated into matches as they advanced to the semifinals.
Now the two are playing together in the third tournament and could cause serious damage.