Serena Williams reveals ‘special place in my heart’ for Andy Murray as she pays tribute

Andy Murray and Serena Williams with Wimbledon titles
Serena Williams paid tribute to fellow Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.

Serena Williams paid tribute to Andy Murray after his emotional Wimbledon ceremony on Thursday, revealing the Brit holds a “special place” in her heart.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray is playing at his home Grand Slam tournament for the final time, after confirming this week that he would be retiring later this summer.

The 37-year-old still has a mixed doubles campaign to start alongside Emma Raducanu but received a formal retirement ceremony on Centre Court after a round-one men’s doubles loss alongside his brother Jamie.

A special tribute video featuring messages from Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Venus Williams was among the highlights of the presentation.

And earlier today Serena took to social media to send the former world No 1 a message of her own.

Among the topics she mentioned was her own mixed doubles campaign alongside Murray, the pair reaching round three in 2019.

“Congratulations to you Andy Murray for such an incredible career,” she said.

“I have to say I’ve always enjoyed watching you. One of the main reasons is that you would be one of the few players more angry than me on the court – which is a very hard thing to do – and you may have had a little attitude just like mine, let’s just say!

“To me, it was the most exciting thing to watch and I had the pleasure of playing mixed doubles by your side, which was such a fantastic experience to do that at Wimbledon nonetheless.

“It was really one of the highlights of my life. I’m just so grateful that I had that experience.”

Williams also paid tribute to Murray’s advocacy for the women’s game.

He has long been singled out as the most loyal ATP ally for female players, something that Williams noted heavily in her message.

She added: “I also hold a special place in my heart to you because you always speak out so much for women and everything women deserve.

“You were the leader in that and the things you spoke up on, the things you said about myself and Venus about how we were so inspiring and what we meant to you, it really went such a long way in my heart.

“I will always be grateful for the support you gave myself, the support you gave women and the excitement that you bring to tennis. I feel like watching you win Wimbledon, the US Open, those gold medals, were so exciting and I just truly enjoyed it.

“I’ve always been such a fan as you already know, and I will always be cheering for you in whatever you decide to do next. Congratulations on such an amazing career.”

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