The mixed doubles teams for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games have been announced. Following her singles and women’s doubles losses, Venus Williams has decided to play the category alongside compatriot Rajeev Ram.
Also playing: the U.S.’ Bethanie Mattek-Sands, alongside Jack Sock. Both athletes have won Grand Slam titles in doubles and mixed doubles: Mattek-Sands scored women’s doubles titles at the 2015 Australian Open and 2015 French Open, in addition to mixed doubles titles at the 2012 French Open and 2015 Australian Open. Jack Sock has won a men’s doubles title at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships and a mixed doubles title at the 2011 US Open.
Full list below:
- Caroline Garcia and Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
- Kristina Mladenovic and Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA)
- Garbine Muguruza and Rafael Nadal (ESP)
- Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna (IND)
- Johanna Konta and Jamie Murray (GBR)
- Carla Suarez Navarro and David Ferrer (ESP)
- Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram (USA)
- Monica Niculescu and Florin Mergea (ROU)
- Agnieszka Radwanska and Lukasz Kubot (POL)
- Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock (USA)
- Samantha Stosur and John Peers (AUS)
- Kiki Bertens and Jean-Julien Rojer (NED)
- Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek (CZE)
- Irina-Camela Begu and Horia Tecau (ROU)
- Roberta Vinci and Fabio Fognini (ITA)
- Teliana Pereira and Marcelo Melo (BRA)
The order of play has also been announced. You can download a PDF off the Rio Games’ website, here.
Notably, Williams/Ram is on the opposite end of the bracket from Mattek-Sands/Sock. Should they meet, it would be in the final.
Mattek-Sands/Sock will play Great Britain’s Jamie Murray/Johanna Konta in the opening round. Murray has won two doubles Grand Slam titles (one men’s, one mixed) and is considered a doubles specialist. Williams/Ram should have an easier first round match against the Netherlands’ Kiki Bertens and Jean-Julien Rojer.
As expected, Spain’s superstars Garbine Muguruza (seeded third in singles, but lost in third round) and Rafael Nadal have teamed up.