Andy Murray WILL partner up with Serena Williams in Wimbledon mixed doubles

Andy Murray WILL partner up with Serena Williams in Wimbledon mixed doubles

The pair, who made a late decision to play together, are unseeded in the draw, and their first match is likely to be played Friday. And hitting. Murray's participation in doubles while he waits for his body to reach a pitch of fitness ready for the grind of singles has been a big talking point of the championships.

The tension of the match kept rising as neither player was able to pull away and win the second set.

The surprise singles conqueror of Venus Williams has also entered the mixed doubles, with 15-year-old American Cori Gauff pairing up with Britain's Jay Clarke. Australia's Nick Kyrgios is also in the draw with American Desirae Krawczyk.

Murray added: "I know she had a bit of a problem with her knee this year". Murray won the doubles title at the first tournament of his return, last month at Queen's Club with Feliciano Lopez.

The partnership, which seemed little more than a media dream when it was first mooted on Saturday, had grown increasingly more likely over the past couple of days and, after Williams safely came through her first-round singles test, it became reality. "It would be a pretty solid partner".

Williams, 23-time Grand Slam singles victor, spoke in a press conference where she was asked whether she would be joining Murray.

"We saw the entrance to the court", Gatto-Monticone said.

Later a reporter asked her for a percentage in regards to how likely it was she would play with him.

"His work ethic is just honestly off the charts". To do what he's done in an era where there's so many other great male tennis players, so much competition, to rise above it, not many people have done it.

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"It [would] be a positive thing for tennis, if more guys were playing doubles", he said. He really speaks up about women's issues no matter what.

To the handshake after the highlight-worthy 12-stroke exchange that capped the result, including a trade of volleys with both women at the net: "She told me I'm an wonderful player".

Fiona Hiddleston, 34, from London, said: "I think it's interesting, I think if they can manage to gel it will be a potentially very powerful doubles team".

He may have endured a painful lay-off with injury, but Andy Murray's recovery did have an unexpected benefit - a new-found appreciation for art.

"What an opportunity, it will be great fun".

As is his nature, Murray agonised over his commitment to both forms of doubles as if he were picking a birthday present for his mother.

The world No. 10 is seeking her eighth Wimbledon crown, having last won in 2016.

Andy Murray, meanwhile, has never been beyond the second round of a Grand Slam doubles competition.

Williams won the Wimbledon mixed doubles title in 1998 with Max Mirnyi, as well as the US Open event the same year.

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