| An otherwise happily married couple may turn a mixed doubles game into a scene from Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.
| In lawn tennis mixed, the basic chivalry move is to pretend to serve less fiercely to the woman than to the man. This is particularly useful if your first service tends to be out in any case.
Stephen Potter Lifemanship
| Mixed doubles are always starting divorces. If you play with your wife, you fight with her; if you play with somebody else, she fights with you.
| On winning his first singles tournament for a decade, having won many doubles titles with his twin brother Tim - It was nice to stand in the winner's circle and not have to share 50 per cent of the money with my brother.
Tom Gullikson (1985)
| Tennis is a young man's game. Until you're 25, you can play singles. From 25 to 35, you should play doubles. I won't tell you exactly how old I am, but when I played, there were 28 men on the court - just on my side of the net.
| The proper method of playing mixed doubles is to swipe the ball accidentally and straight at the woman opponent as hard and as accurately as possible. Male players must not only retain equanimity on their side of the net, but create dissension on the other.
| You can almost watch a couple play mixed doubles and know whether they should stay together.
Dr Herbert Hendin