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Carlos Alcaraz answers “complicated” question about whether he would play mixed doubles if his girlfriend was a WTA star

According to Carlos Alcaraz, playing mixed doubles with your partner at Grand Slam tournaments can be a very “complicated” situation.

Tennis power couples are making headlines again after reigning Australian Open champion Jannik Sinner confirmed that he is dating WTA star Anna Kalinskaya.

They join Stefanos Tsitsipas and Paula Badosa, Elina Switolina and Gael Monfils, and Katie Boulter and Alex de Minaur on the list of high-profile tennis players who are in a relationship.

Tsitsipas and Badosa – or Tsitsidosa, as they are affectionately known – have certainly been the most talked about topics of the past 12 months since their relationship first became public at Roland Garros last year.

And they have decided to celebrate their “anniversary” by playing mixed doubles at this year’s Grand Slam on clay.

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Although Boulter and De Minaur performed at Wimbledon last year, not many power couples have gone that route. However, two-time Grand Slam winner Alcaraz was asked if he could imagine playing mixed doubles if he were dating a fellow female player.

“Well, every player is different. Personally, I first have to put myself in the situation if I had a girlfriend. Then it would be complicated,” said the world number three, who had previously confirmed that he is not in a relationship.

“But ultimately it's also about mixing private and professional life… We're taking part in a tennis tournament and I personally would look at the professional part first.

“Let's see, [Stefanos] Physically he is fine, he has no previous complaints. Or at least that is what he shows. If at the end he sees that it suits him or he sees that he can combine everything, then he will carry on.

“Ultimately, nobody can tell him not to do this or that. If he looks physically good and it would be good for him to play doubles and mixed doubles at the same time as singles, why shouldn't he do it?”

And although he admits he would be hesitant to mix his personal life with business, the 21-year-old would not turn down his girlfriend if she asked him if she wanted to play mixed doubles and they were both feeling fit.

The Spaniard added: “If I personally had a girlfriend and she asked me if I wanted to play mixed, [doubles]I would have to evaluate many things to be able to decide. But if everything is good, why not?”

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