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Wimbledon: Andy Murray and Serena Williams set to team up for dream mixed doubles partnership

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 2 Jul 2019
  • Andy Murray and Serena Williams are on course to play mixed doubles at Wimbledon
  • Murray is also set to play his doubles matches on one of the two show courts amid fears for his safety if he were to play on the outside courts
Andy Murray practicing at Wimbledon (PA Images)

A dream mixed doubles partnership of Andy Murray and Serena Williams is seemingly on the horizon at Wimbledon.

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Both Murray and Serena teased a potential mixed doubles pairing in their respective pre-tournament press conferences, and on Monday, the Scot confirmed he would be entering the competition, adding he was 90 per cent sure of his partner.

Murray refused to deny that he would be teaming up with Serena, replying ‘possibly’ when asked directly if she was his partner.

“I just need to just confirm it,” Murray said. “I want to make sure before I say anything. I don’t want to say anything and it is not true. I will know for sure tomorrow.”

Earlier, Serena said she was ‘definitely available’ for the mixed if Murray came calling.

Meanwhile, Murray’s opening men’s doubles match is set to be played on either Centre Court or No. 1 Court amid concerns for his safety.

Andy Murray (PA Images)
It creates possible scheduling drama, with men’s doubles matches played over the best of five sets, but Wimbledon organisers have expressed fears for Murray’s safety and that of spectators if he was scheduled on one of the outside courts with limited space.

Damage to the playing surface on the two main show courts is also a concern if more matches are played.

A first round doubles match hasn’t been played on Centre Court or No. 1 Court at Wimbledon in 18 years.

“One of the major considerations for Andy, first match in particular, is safety,” said Richard Lewis, chief executive of The All England Club.
“He’s very popular. Getting players to Court 2 for example, is quite a long way in the public area.
“After the first match, If the interest dies down a little bit we will have a bit more flexibility where he plays but it will be probable I think, depending on what other matches are around, that he’ll be on one of the show courts.”

Murray and French partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert - who lost in the opening round of the singles to Kevin Anderson on Monday - will face Marius Copil and Ugo Humbert in the first round on Wednesday.

It will be Murray’s first match at Wimbledon since 2017 after missing last year’s tournament through his hip injury.


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