Will they or won’t they? Andy Murray and Serena Williams open to teaming up at Wimbledon
Are we about to see a dream mixed doubles partnership at Wimbledon featuring Andy Murray and Serena Williams? Both players have indicated that they are willing to give it a go.
Having undergone hip resurfacing surgery in January, three-time Grand Slam winner Murray is easing himself back into competitive tennis by only competing in the doubles at The Championships.
He has already signed up for the men’s doubles at SW19 and will partner Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert, but he has admitted that he could play in the mixed doubles as well.
However, Murray is still to find a partner as he has revealed current world No 1 Ashleigh Barty turned him down, but he has admitted that Williams would be a “solid partner”.
“Look, I’ve spoken to a number of players about playing,” the 32-year-old said. “Obviously the one thing with the players that are in the singles is that’s their priority. I understand that. I appreciate that.
“If I’m going to play mixed, which is the plan, you obviously want to be playing with someone who’s going to be there for the whole event, and they’re in it to try to win matches and win the event.
“I appreciate with singles players that’s not always going to be the case. But I mean, obviously she’s arguably the best player ever. She would be a pretty solid partner.”
Williams, who won the Wimbledon mixed doubles alongside Max Mirnyi in 1998, was asked if he she would be interested in playing with the Brit at Wimbledon and she is keen.
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“I’m feeling better now, so I’m definitely available,” she said. “I mean, we just have to wait and see. I like to be tongue-in-cheek. Let’s see how my knee’s going. I’m finally doing good… and I don’t want to, like, go back. But I played here before back in the ’90s. Obviously I don’t remember who asked who. I did win, so it’s something I’d consider.”
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