John Peers and Storm Sanders win US Open mixed doubles title to end 21-year Australian drought

John Peers and Storm Sanders took a memorable win at the US Open, becoming the first Australian pair in 21 years to win the title in their first grand slam together.

The new combination had to beat the Belgian Kirsten Flipkens and the Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin 4-6, 6-4 (10/7) from a set down in the final in New York.

Their triumph continued Australia’s outstanding streak of success in 2022 grand slam doubles, which also saw the men win at the Australian Open (Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios) and Wimbledon (Max Purcell and Matt Ebden).

It was Queenslander Sanders’ first Grand Slam win, while the 34-year-old Peers once again demonstrated his longstanding doubles prowess at Arthur Ashe Stadium when he added the title to his 2017 Australian Open men’s win.

The fourth seeding players showed their mettle in a fluctuating game, most notably producing their best tennis both at the start of the game and in the 10-point tiebreaker decider.

And thanks to their unstoppable result, they became the first all-Australian mixed doubles champions at Flushing Meadows since Rennae Stubbs and Todd Woodbridge captured the 2001 title, while also celebrating a cool $238,000 payday.

“I can’t believe we are grand slam champions,” said 28-year-old Sanders.

It was especially sweet for Melbourne’s Peers, as he went on to win a Grand Slam mixed doubles title on the 32nd request, having delivered the winning ace in the tiebreak for his wife and two daughters.

John Peers and Storm Sanders hugging on the field
Peers and Sanders are the first Australians to win the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon in 21 years.(AP: Matt Rourke)

Both were also inspired by the court appearance of Australian Samantha Stosur, the 2011 US Open winner.

“It’s a pleasure to play for a champion like you,” Sanders told her.

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