Tennis should remove mixed doubles competitions, according to Rielly Opelka, since “no one cares.”
Mixed doubles should no longer be played at the Grand Slams, according to the top-ranked American.
Reilly Opelka has criticised mixed doubles tournaments, claiming that the prize money should go to lower-ranked players in qualifying. The Grand Slams are the only tournaments where men and women compete for the same championship, however the 24-year-old says “no one cares.”
Last month, Opelka broke into the top 20 for the first time, becoming the highest-ranked American for the first time.
In August, the 24-year-old reached his first Masters 1000 final at the Toronto Masters, and this week, he is the 16th seed in the postponed Indian Wells tournament.
The current world No. 20 has never shied away from expressing his thoughts on the game and how it could be improved, however his most recent viewpoint may not be shared by everybody.
Mixed doubles should be phased out in favor of supporting qualifying, according to Opelka.
“We have a journalist claiming, ‘Mixed-doubles isn’t in the French Open this year,'” the American said in an interview with Inside Tennis. That is what distinguishes a Slam.’ I mean, really? Is that a joke, or what? Mixed doubles shouldn’t even exist.
“They should entirely eliminate it. It does not result in a ticket sale. Nobody gives a damn about it, no one notices it, and no one wants it to exist.” Despite Opelka’s statements that “no one cares” about the ATP-WTA pairings, many have urged for mixed doubles to return to a larger platform.
Tennis Australia abolished the Hopman Cup, which was previously held in Perth at the start of each season before of the Australian Open, in favor of the ATP Cup, a men’s-only team competition.
Serena Williams and Roger Federer competed in mixed doubles for the first time at the Hopman Cup in early 2019, bringing mixed doubles to the forefront for the first time.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion was paired with Frances Tiafoe for Team USA, while Roger Federer was paired with Belinda Bencic for Team Switzerland once again.
Their mixed doubles match was praised for bringing tennis to the forefront of sports news around the world, with a selfie snapped by Williams and Federer making the rounds the next day.
Opelka, on the other hand, believes the funds were used in “Brinkwire Summary News.”