USA Tennis Mixed Doubles players Jack Sock and Bethanie Mattek-Sands were the gold medal winners at this year’s 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio in the mixed doubles tennis event. The duo beat out Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram in a historic all-USA game on August 14th and it will be one to go down in the books forever. Williams had never lost before in an Olympic final, however she was able to still place this time and take home a silver medal. Mattek-Sands commented that it was pretty intimidating to go up against Williams, who is world renowned as one of the best players to ever professionally play the sort. Even if Williams wasn’t feeling well this time around, it is still a big win for Sock and Mattek-Sands that they will never forget.
Sock is a native of Kansas City, Kansas and regularly plays doubles with partner on the courts, Vasek Pospisil as they won the 2014 Wimbledon Grand Slam Championship. He has been playing tennis since his high school years, and as a junior player got as high as number 22 in the world in combined rankings during the fall of 2010. Mattek-Sands is originally from Rochester, Minnesota but currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona and has won two Grand Slam titles for both women’s doubles and mixed doubles. In 1999 she played at her first WTA Tour in Philadelphia and won the wildcard into qualifying. Mattek-Sands biggest win of her career was taking down Francesca Schiavone, who at the time was ranked as number seven in the world.
The duo won the gold medal in Rio this month against the famous Venus Williams and her partner, Rajeev Ram. It was a game that will go down in tennis history for the USA, and it will be interesting to see if they come back for the Olympic games in 2020.
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