SERENA WILLIAMS has said she is “available” to play mixed doubles with Andy Murray as his search for a partner continues.
Murray, who is returning to Wimbledon after surgery on his hip, has been turned down by a number of potential partners, including world number 1 Ashleigh Barty.
While he is set to play in the men’s doubles alongside Pierre-Hughes Herbert, Murray is also keen to play in the mixed doubles.
Williams, who has only played five tournaments so far in 2019 because of a knee injury, said: “I’m available. I’m feeling better now, so I’m definitely available.”
The 37-year-old was questioned over how serious she was about potentially partnering up with Murray.
“I mean, we just have to wait and see. I like to be tongue-in-cheek. Let’s see how my knee’s going. I’m finally doing good. I don’t want to, like, go back,” she responded.
Murray, who has described Williams as “arguable the best player ever” but recognised that single players are, for the most part, focused on their individual games during the tournament.
He said: ‘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.”
He added said: “If the singles players are up for it and want to try and win and be competitive I’m all for it.”
“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,” he added.
Responding to the rumours on BBC Breakfast today, Andy’s mum Judy that she had heard the rumour.
“That would be something,” she said.
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