Maria Sharapova up to play mixed doubles with Grigor Dimitrov
Maria Sharapova hasn't played mixed doubles at a professional tournament in nearly ten years. But she'd be willing to give it a try with her boyfriend, Grigor Dimitrov.
Fielding fan questions during the WTA's All-Access Hour before the Rogers Cup in Montreal, Sharapova said she would be up for it, though with a pretty significant caveat.
"I would probably not play a Grand Slam mixed doubles, even though he wants to," she said. "But we'd have fun. We do in practice occasionally. But he's much better and I don't want to make myself look bad."
Watch the entire interview below, with Sharapova's segment starting at the 25:05 mark:
Sharapova has played mixed doubles just once, at the 2004 U.S. Open, where she made the quarterfinals with Max Mirnyi.
Here's the thing: The only tournaments that offer mixed doubles are the Grand Slams and the Olympics (Though there have been whispers that Larry Ellison wants to see mixed doubles as part of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells one day). With Sharapova representing Russia and Dimitrov representing Bulgaria, mixed doubles at the Olympics probably aren't in the cards. So will we ever see Sharapova and Dimitrov playing mixed in a competitive event? Don't hold your breath.