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Wimbledon: Andy Murray talks about once-in-a-lifetime chance to play mixed doubles with Serena Williams

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 4 Jul 2019
  • Murray speaks on dream mixed doubles partnership with Serena
  • The Scot says it was an opportunity he couldn't let slip
Andy Murray relaxes during practice at Wimbledon (PA Images)

Andy Murray has declared the chance to play mixed doubles with Serena Williams at Wimbledon was an opportunity he simply couldn’t possibly pass up.

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Murray, a two-time Wimbledon singles champion, will team up with seven-time singles winner Serena in a dream partnership at The Championships, casting mixed doubles into the spotlight at SW19.

"The chance to play with her is brilliant and not something I expected to happen," Murray said.

Continuing his comeback from hip surgery after winning the Queen’s Club title with Feliciano Lopez, Murray and Serena will face Germany's Andreas Mies and Chile's Alexa Guarachi in the first round.

"I was talking to my wife about it and, with everything that has gone on over the past couple of years, you don't know what is coming around the corner," Murray continued.
"The opportunity to play with Serena, who is one of the best tennis players of all time and one of biggest female athletes ever, is something I might not get another chance to do again. Potentially I might not play mixed doubles again.
"If I am going to do it once, the chance to play with her is obviously great."

Serena has been struggling with a knee injury this season and has retired or withdrawn from three of the six tournaments she’s played, but after making it through unscathed in her first round Wimbledon singles win, she gave the green light to Murray.

Murray last played mixed doubles at Wimbledon in 2006 when he partnered Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium, reaching the second round. The Scot also teamed up with Laura Robson to win a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics, which were played at the All England Club.

Serena meanwhile has won two mixed doubles Grand Slam titles, teaming up with Max Mirnyi to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 1998.

Several other eye-catching mixed doubles teams were revealed on Wednesday, including Venus Williams and Frances Tiafoe, Cori Gauff and Jay Clarke, Jamie Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Leander Paes and Samantha Stosur, Nicolas Mahut and Alize Cornet and Nick Kyrgios and Desirae Krawczyk.

Murray will return to action at Wimbledon on Thursday with men’s doubles partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert to face Marius Copil and Ugo Humbert, most likely on Centre Court or No. 1 Court after the singles matches have been completed.


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