Tokyo, Japan, 27 July 2021 | Leigh Rogers

John Peers and Ash Barty will team up in the mixed doubles competition at Tokyo 2020.

The 16-team draw was announced today, with the Australian combination set to face Horacio Zeballos and Nadia Podoroska of Argentina in the opening round.

> VIEW: Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games mixed doubles draw

The 33-year-old Peers is Australia’s top-ranked doubles player at world No.25 and was a mixed doubles semifinalist at Wimbledon earlier this month.

Barty, who is eight years younger at 25, is Australia’s highest-ranked female doubles player at world No.36.

The duo have played five Grand Slam tournaments together, building a 7-5 career win-loss record as a combination. Their best results are quarterfinal runs at Wimbledon 2013 and the 2014 US Open.

Teaming up for the first time since the 2014 US Open, they are aiming to win Australia’s first mixed doubles medal.

A mixed doubles competition was first added to the Olympic Games schedule in London 2012.

Olympic Games mixed doubles
Australian results
Year Team Result
2012 Lleyton Hewitt/Sam Stosur Quarterfinals
2016 John Peers/Sam Stosur First round
2020 John Peers/Ash Barty TBC

Barty is also still a chance to win a medal in the women’s doubles competition, where she has progressed to the quarterfinals alongside Storm Sanders.

Ellen Perez and Sam Stosur have also reached the quarterfinals.

> READ: Aussie women into Tokyo doubles quarterfinals

It is the first time since tennis was reintroduced as an official Olympic sport in 1988 that two Australian women’s doubles teams have advanced to this stage.

James Duckworth lost in men’s singles action today, ending Australia’s hopes of winning a singles medal.

> READ: Duckworth knocked out in Tokyo

Aussies in action – Tokyo Olympics

Men’s singles, second round
[12] Karen Khachanov (ROC) d James Duckworth (AUS) 7-5 6-1

Women’s doubles, quarterfinals
[6] Ash Barty/Storm Sanders (AUS) v [1] Barbora Krejcikova/Katerina Siniakova (CZE)
Ellen Perez/Sam Stosur (AUS) v Belinda Bencic/Viktorija Golubic (SUI)

Mixed doubles, first round
John Peers/Ash Barty (AUS) v Horacio Zeballos/Nadia Podoroska (ARG)