SERENA: I’LL MIX IT UP WITH ANDY
Seven-time champion admits she’d love to play doubles with Murray... and he fancies it as well
ANDY MURRAY and Serena Williams are up for forming a mixed doubles dream-team at Wimbledon.
“Obviously she’s arguably the best player ever,” said Murray. “She would be a pretty solid partner!”
Murray is returning to SW19 in the men’s doubles this year but has yet to find a female partner.
And the American superstar (right), who won the mixed doubles title here in 1998, said she had recovered from her recent knee injury.
“I’m available,” she said. “I’m feeling better now, so I’m definitely available. We just have to wait and see.”
Williams, who turns 38 in September, needs one more Grand Slam singles title to equal the record of 24 held by Margaret Court.
The workload could also be an issue for Murray who is playing only his third doubles event since returning after hip surgery in January. He has yet to commit to play the mixed with the entry list closing on Wednesday.
“I do want to play,” the Scot said. “I’ve spoken to a number of players about playing. The plan’s definitely to play.
“Obviously with the players that are in the singles, 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.”
Murray won the Fever-Tree Championships with Feliciano Lopez, lost in the first round at the Nature Valley International with Marcelo Melo and will now team up with Pierre-Hugues Herbert. “Hopefully we can have a good run together,” Murray said. “I would like to do well when I get on the court. I play to win.
“I’m really competitive. I didn’t know four or five weeks ago if I’d even be playing on the grass. Shouldn’t be expecting too much.
“But once I step on the court, I’ll be out there trying to win every match I play.” Murray and Herbert face Marius Copil and Ugo Humbert in the opening round – with his brother Jamie and Neal Skupski their potential third-round opponents.
“Even if were separated on opposite ends of the draw, people would be talking about us playing in the final,” he joked.
“We have to win matches first.
“If we play each other, it would be difficult in some respects. You’re competing against your brother, biggest tennis event in the world.
“At the same time I’d rather be on the same side of the net with him. But it’s cool if we did get the opportunity that we’d be doing it on the biggest stage in our sport.
“We’ll see if we get there.” Williams has played her sister Venus 30 times in singles – including four finals here – as well as winning six Wimbledon doubles titles together.
Asked for advice on playing a sibling in a Grand Slam, Serena said: “Don’t look at
’em. Literally look at the ground, don’t look at them at all. Disconnect. Disconnect.”
She is arguably the best player ever... a pretty solid partner!