Defending champs fall in mixed doubles
NEW YORK -- Hours of practice and teamwork? Overrated.
Travis Parrott and Carly Gullickson put a new spin on how to succeed without really trying, winning the U.S. Open mixed doubles title in their first tournament together, a pairing that flourished more out of desperation than preparation.
They formed their winning combination only two days before the tournament began and then received a wild-card entry even though they'd missed the deadline.
"I was super-relaxed because I ...
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2009 U.S. Open
Women's singles: Kim Clijsters, Belgium
Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina
Men's doubles: Lukas Dlouhy, Czech Republic and Leander Paes, India
Women's doubles: Serena and Venus Williams, United States
Mixed doubles: Carly Gullickson and Travis Parrott, United States
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