And also...How to play mixed doubles (as a man): Tips from Jamie Murray, the 2007 Wimbledon mixed doubles champion in partnership with Jelena Jankovic. At a professional level, the man should hit the ball as hard at the girl as he does at the man.
“That seems sexist and wrong, but if you’re taking this seriously, then that’s the way you should do it. As a professional, you can make good money playing mixed doubles, so mixed doubles is a cut-throat world!” The same applies to the serve although a kick serve often works better than one hit at full power.
“But that doesn’t mean that I will be trying to hit the girl by serving to the body every time. I find that girls don’t deal with the spin so well. They’re more likely to return a hard serve which comes straight at them. Changing the pace up is important when serving.” Choose a partner who can hit big from the baseline, rather than a girl who likes to serve and volley
. “I’ve been lucky in that I’ve played with a lot of top women’s players. For me personally, I don’t want a girl who is going to serve and volley. As it’s then easier for the man on the other side of the net to pick off the ball. In my experience, a girl is more likely to hit a better shot from the baseline. She can hit the ball harder from the baseline, she will probably be more comfortable. So I would rather have a partner who hits big from the baseline, someone who hits it hard enough to pass the guy at the net. The guy at the net can intimidate a little bit and if he takes control of the net he can make it difficult. So if a girl can have the guy guessing a little bit, that’s ideal. It’s best if the girl can hold her own from the baseline and can hit hard down the lines, the guy doesn’t know what’s coming and he will be off guard a bit.”
Take the lead
. “I would say the guy is normally the one who takes the lead. Most partners I’ve played with, they’ve said to me, ‘Look, tell me what you want me to do, and I’ll do it’. But I usually just keep things simple so my partner knows what to expect from me.”The more relaxed you feel, the better you will play.
“You’re not always that intense playing mixed doubles. I always feel a bit morelaidback playing mixed doubles than men’s doubles, and play well for that reason.”You don’t have to flirt with your partner to be successful
. “I wouldn’t put that as one of the top priorities. I don’t think you have to flirt, but it’s important to keep your partner relaxed and enjoying it, you’re more likely to get better performances from them (although that’s the same in men’s doubles as well). There’s a real skill to that, especially in professional tennis, as you won’t play that much mixed doubles – probably just four times a year at the grand slams and that’s it. When I won Wimbledon in 2007 with Jelena Jankovic, we were enjoying it.”http://www.thetennisspace.com/jamie-murray-how-to-play-mixed-doubles/