The pair would be happy to be playing any tournament, but the fact that they are back in Paris puts a giant collective smile on their faces.
"In 10 years or 20 years, whenever we come back here it will always be a special place, doesn't matter where we go, we are always going to remember the positive energy and it's wonderful to be back in such a special place,” Krawietz says.
“It was our breakthrough and we have so many good memories,” adds Mies. “We talked about it yesterday in the locker room and we felt that when we came here we had goosebumps right away, coming into the start of Roland-Garros, to see Court Philippe-Chatrier again, to be in the locker room, to be at the practice site again, so many nice memories.”
Krawietz and Mies have only been able to play eight matches since tennis restarted this summer in North America, but they’re thrilled to be back on the red clay and feeling hopeful that their tennis is rounding into shape at the right time.
At their core they are the same down-to-earth duo that entered the draw last season with no idea of the success that was waiting in store for them, but they do have that champion’s mystique now, and the defending champs hope that it works in their favour.