Melbourne: The mixed doubles draw is a little more star-studded than usual at the Australian Open this year, all thanks to the upcoming London Olympics.
Serena Williams and Andy Roddick are teaming up to get some practice just in case they decide to combine at the Olympics, where mixed doubles will be included as an event for the first time since 1924. Incredibly, the duo are not seeded and are scheduled to play the top seeds — American Mike Bryan and Czech doubles specialist Kveta Peschke — in the first round.
Serena joked after her second-round singles match Thursday that she should play the forehand side since her forehand is better than Roddick's. But she'll stroke Roddick's ego by allowing him to serve first.