Andy, Serena pair for Wimbledon mixed doubles

Paola Ditto
Luglio 14, 2019

But it is the Scotsman's decision to compete with Serena Williams in the mixed doubles that has caught most people's imagination, with the duo drawn to face Chilean Alex Guarachi and Germany's Andreas Mies in the first round.

Not only did he come back, but he won the title with Spaniard Feliciano Lopez.

Jamie Murray, a two-time doubles major victor, has four mixed crowns. "I don't know. I'm still kind of in the singles mode, trying to figure that part out".

Murray is keen to get more matches under his belt after an injury-filled season.

Murray has been vocal in his quest for equality and went against the norm in men's tennis by hiring a female coach, Amelie Mauresmo, in 2014.

Williams spent a lot of the time chastising herself but eventually closed out the match breaking Gatto-Monticone's serve.

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", added Serena. "I think it will be really exciting to watch him play with Serena". "He's actually one of the few", Williams said.

"It [would] be a positive thing for tennis, if more guys were playing doubles", he said. Above all, he really stands out.

"And I don't care if I really like something and someone thinks it is awful, it doesn't matter, That's the beauty of art - you like what you like and see it differently to other people".

British player Heather Watson said it was "brilliant" to see Sir Andy returning to action after hip surgery.

Between them, Serena and Venus Williams own a calendar-year mixed doubles Grand Slam in 1998, with Venus partnering Justin Gimelstob to win the Australian Open and French Opens, while Serena won Wimbledon and the US Open with Mirnyi.

As a serial victor of grand slams, Davis Cups and Olympic gold medals, Andy Murray has done nearly everything there is to do in the sport of tennis.

Next up for the former world number one will be a second-round clash against Kaja Juvan, a highly-rated 18-year-old prospect from Slovenia who showed off her potential with a 6-4 2-6 6-4 win over Kristyna Pliskova.

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