“My partner is pretty good – her ranking is No.1 in the world, so it’s quite an honour to play with her, and for her to carry me to the title,” Ram said, to which Krejcikova replied, “Thanks for texting me at the beginning, so we could play.”
Ram continued: “To our opponents today, JP and Astra: I think it took me 65 Grand Slams to reach my first final, and 75 to reach my second, which was today, so for you to do it in your first, that’s quite impressive. She’s going to be a big star in Australian tennis. And JP, we go back along way – great match, and a great week for you.”
At 34 years of age, Ram claimed his first Grand Slam title in his second mixed doubles final, having lost the 2016 US Open decider alongside Coco Vandeweghe. For 23-year-old Krejcikova this is her third, following hot on the heels of her women’s doubles triumphs with Katerina Siniakova at Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2018.
Krejcikova’s victory makes her the first Czech player to lift the mixed doubles trophy at Melbourne Park since the late Jana Novotna, who defended her mixed title 30 years ago alongside partner Jim Pugh.