At the recreational level, players enjoy mixed doubles for the opportunity to compete & socialize with opposite sex. But considering that the pros don’t receive ranking points to play mixed, what would motivate them to participate?
The pros said that they play mixed to improve their game, break up the monotony of tournament life & to make extra money. During the course of the season, there are only a few tournaments where the man & women pros play at the same location at the same time. So when the opportunity to play mixed presents itself, most of the best players do.