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Defending champs fall in mixed doubles

Updated: September 10, 2009, 7:03 PM ET
Associated Press

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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