By now, odds are you have heard that Roger Federer (through his team) has asked Martina Hingis to play mixed doubles with him at the 2012 Olympics. Mixed doubles was added to the Olympics as the fifth tennis event in 2009.
Ben Rothenberg of SB Nation basically broke the story by accident. According to Rothenberg, impressed by how well Hingis was playing and his love for mixed doubles, he posed the hypothetical question about the possibility of playing with Federer at the Olympics. Over the course of their conversation, Hingis alluded to the fact that she had already been approached by Federer's team.
What a match that would be if Hingis decides to play? If you recall, it would basically be a repeat of the 2001 Hopman Cup when these two tennis greats teamed up and won. The only difference is the world should be in for an even better match (if that's possible) as these two have gotten older, and their games have matured.
This potential pairing has also encouraged the Hopman Cup tournament director, Paul McNamee to approach Federer again about playing in next year's tournament. McNamee shares comments that Hingis is a definite. He's hoping that the possibility of Federer and Hingis teaming up at the 2012 London Olympics may encourage Federer to reconsider his decision to decline the invite given earlier in the year.
In light of this highly-anticipated potential match at the Olympics, we will take a look at the top 10 mixed doubles teams in tennis history.
As the research was done for this project, it became obvious that this event showed more consistency of the same teams winning pre-Open Era. Therefore, there's more players from the pre-Open Era based upon their winning records. Also, the team rankings were completed based upon stats.
Please enjoy this historical review...