Of course, combining perhaps the best women's singles player in tournament history with maybe the best men's doubles player in tournament history does create quite a fearsome tandem for everyone else to deal with.
As it turns out, the partnership was a natural fit as Zent has been White's personal coach since she was 14 years old.
"Him and I are really close, he's a great person, and he's the best doubles player in town arguably," White said. "I got lucky and found myself a good partner and I'm going to hold on as long as I can."
But who asked whom first?
"I'm going to say he approached me and I'll go with that," White said with a laugh.
The women's open singles field may not seem the same without her, but White said she has no plans of returning at any time in the immediate future.
For now, just being at the public courts at all is enough for her, and if she can pick up a handful of mixed open doubles championships along the way, so be it.
"[Mixed open doubles] means just as much," White said. "Just being out here playing means a lot because I didn't know I was going to do it after graduating. Just the fact that I'm out here makes me feel good because there's a part of me that genuinely loves tennis still. You spend your whole life doing something and you don't want to hate it, so I'm glad I'm here."
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