Wimbledon: Murray To Partner Serena In Mixed Doubles

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Britain’s Andy Murray has confirmed he will play mixed doubles with American tennis star Serena Williams at Wimbledon.

Murray, a two-time Wimbledon singles champion, will compete in both the men’s and mixed doubles less than a month after returning following hip surgery.

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Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles winner, had earlier told journalists: “If you guys really want it… all right, done.”

The pair are expected to play their first match together on Thursday.

In the men’s doubles, Murray, who won Queen’s with Feliciano Lopez, will partner Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Murray was turned down by world number one Ashleigh Barty before suggesting he might pair up with Williams, 37, who has won seven doubles titles at Wimbledon.

Commenting on pairing Williams, Murray said: “Serena is obviously a brilliant player, has a great doubles record and is brilliant on grass obviously. She’s arguably the best player ever. So she’d be a solid partner.”

Murray played mixed doubles at Wimbledon in 2006 where he paired with Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens and reached the second round.

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He was also a silver medallist with Laura Robson in the London 2012 Olympics which were played at the All England Club.

On her part, Williams is a two-time mixed doubles Grand Slam champion, having partnered Max Mirnyi to win Wimbledon and the US Open in 1998.

Some 64 pairings compete in the mixed doubles, which is played over the best of three sets.

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