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Funny article from the AO site
This article from the AO site made me laugh.
Dreaming of Doubles
by Bren O'Brien
Tuesday, 25 January, 2005
Doubles tennis has produced some great partnerships over the years… and some of the best have had more than just a talent for tennis in common.
Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, showed us that a catchy nickname - combined with the odd Grand Slam win - can propel you to national hero status.
Just as they followed on from the Super Macs, Peter McNamara and Paul McNamee, so a new generation of doubles partnerships are following in the Woodies' footsteps and combining to thwart not only opponents, but commentators as well.
Our favourite at Australian Open 2005 is the girls' doubles partnership of Aleksandra Wozniak and Caroline Wozniacki, or the 'Wozzies' as they should be known from now on.
Wozniak hails from Canada, speaks five languages and is seeded No.6 in girls' singles while Wozniacki is from Denmark. They first combined in September last year and, despite a shared Polish heritage, are not related.
If the Wozzies have done only one thing, they got us thinking about some other 'likely' combinations that could try their hands at the doubles caper.
Davenport and Davydenko - Both have been in great singles form in this tournament, making their way into the quarter-finals. Imagined what would happen if they combined their powers.
Henman and Henin-Hardenne - We didn't see enough of Tiger Tim in Melbourne in 2005, and we haven't seen anything of the women's defending champion from Belgium. Perhaps next year they could make up for some lost time and team up on the court.
Federer and Fedak - You can't get enough of Federer. We have been privileged to see plenty of the Swiss champion at the Open but a bit more couldn't hurt. Yulia Fedak, knocked out in the first-round, didn't get much of a go and would surely be happy to walk the Rebound Ace with the better-known 'Fed Express'.
Ferrero and Marrero - Juan Carlos, known as the 'mosquito', has lost a bit of his sting of late and could benefit from some more court time. His compatriot, Marta Marrero, might be a good choice if he wants to start up a mixed doubles career. If not he could always coax Wayne Ferreira out of retirement or suggest he and fellow Spaniard David Ferrer team up.
Molik and Kolik - Alicia's brilliant form has made it an enjoyable fortnight for fans of Aussie tennis. Perhaps at some time in the future she might consider partnering Israeli junior Victor Kolik.
Draper and Kuerten - This veteran combination could combine a men's doubles career with an interior design business. They would certainly be tough to budge on a clay court.
Fish and Schipp - Mardy Fish has already forged a formidable men's doubles partnership with James Blake. If he ever wants to branch out into mixed doubles then perhaps he and Germany's Jasmin Schipp could make a mouth-watering pair. Hold the vinegar.
Patience and Vaidisova - After a strong showing from the 15-year-old Czech at Australian Open 2005, perhaps the 'wait is over' for a women's champion from Prague. Patience certainly knows how to wait having spent six years on the circuit without a tournament win. If young Nicole isn't quite ready for a doubles career perhaps Olivier could team up with American Jeannette Virtue?