Brazil’s Bruno Soares and Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova captured the US Open mixed doubles title on Thursday, but admitted they only entered the tournament with 30 seconds to spare.
They beat Czech Kveta Peschke and Poland’s Marcin Matkowski 6-7 (8/10), 6-1, 12-10 before revealing the deadline drama, which was sparked by Soares needing to find a new partner after first choice Jarmila Gajdosova was ruled out.
“A couple of minutes before the sign in, I started looking for Katia, because with her I would be in,” said the Brazilian.
“Five minutes to go, I’m in the referee’s office and I find out Katia is practicing in the park. So I had to run – actually, my coach did that.
Soares became the first South American player to capture the title.AFP