Keeping Up With the Playtesters…round 2!

This week’s question is a fun one. As you may or may not know, our playtesters are a competitive bunch, so check out how they answered when asked,

If you could pick anyone from the ATP/WTA to play MIXED doubles with, who would you pick and why?!

photos courtesy of Cynthia Lum

photos courtesy of Cynthia Lum

Roland Garros 2013

Photo by Cynthia Lum

Chris: “I would pick Serena as my partner as I’d need someone to carry my game and I can’t think of a better player than her. Another reason for picking Serena is that it would ensure I would not be facing her on the other side of the net! I don’t think I could handle her power game, so having her on my team would make it someone else’s worry.”

Mark: “I have not always been the biggest fan of Serena’s choice of words/attitude, but I would pick her for the doubles option. How great would it be to either play in front of her serve or stand behind her volley skills? Admittedly, there would be an ulterior motive, as I would enjoy asking her more than a few questions relating to tennis, culture and her life.”

Jason: “Serena Williams. For the sole reason that I don’t want to go up against her.”

JUNE 30, WIMBLEDON.

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Brittany: “Hmm, well if I could, I would take both Bryan Brothers! But since I have to choose just one, I think I would pick Bob Bryan. He is one of the most successful doubles players in the history of the sport and is also tall and lefty. He has the experience and high energy that I admire. Plus, I have always wanted to do the Bryan bump!”

Granville: “Do you really have to ask?  Julia Goerges of course!”

Andy: “Andrea Petkovic…she’s awesome and she’s taller than me, both of which are important to me in a mixed doubles partner.”

Tiffani: “Sam Querrey because I have had him as a doubles partner before, sort of. He came to Cal Poly for an event, and I got to play with him as my partner for a couple of games. I’m short, and he’s tall. Plus, he was nice and easy going.”

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Karly: “(see attached photo to the right –>) Do I need to say any more? :) ” (Richard Gasquet)

Spencer: “Again, a simple, yet, not so simple question. There are several WTA players I would choose for different occasions. For instance: If I wanted to enjoy teaming with a player to marvel at the beauty of her strokes and prowess at net, Justine Henin. If I wanted to take advantage of the “lefty” factor, no doubt it’s Petra Kvitova. A bonus here would be that I might get to hang with Radek Stepanek as well. When communicating with your partner between points, if I want to enjoy a goosebumping, knee buckling voice and accent, it’s hands down Flavia Pennetta. Ciao! For keeping it light with humor from her one liners, it would be Li Na. For the most magical backhand slice, Roberta Vinci. (She’s also an extremely good doubles player). If I were looking for an angle to get tickets to the Master’s golf tournament in Augusta, GA, then I’d go with Caroline Wozniacki. If I am feeling a need for easy putaways at net when my partner is serving, then it’s Sabine Lisicki. Lastly, if it essentially boils down to being ‘all in,’ then it’s rather simple. Serena.”

Troy: “Eugenie Bouchard. For obvious reasons.”

and mine: “Ahhh decisions decisions…it is always a constant struggle between my heart and my head in tennis and this is no different. My heart says Alexandr Dolgopolov because I just love his personality and know I would be laughing the whole time, which is a good thing (and my No. 1 rule in dubs)! Not to mention, I would never be upset (and vice versa) if he went for a low percentage shot because that’s exactly how I play too! But then my head says, pick a doubles specialist…and there are so many ATP doubles specialists that I highly admire, respect and think are all around awesome — so that pick would have to be Max Mirnyi — tall, great serve, amazing hands, veteran player — yes, please! And then there is always the wildcard pick — someone whom I would just love to be on the court with (and would be an awesome doubles partner) – Tommy Haas. Although I’m pretty sure if he were my partner, I wouldn’t be able to focus too much on my tennis. So ideally, I’d do a round robin doubles tournament with all three of them!”

Play with heart,

Michelle

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