ANDY MURRAY has expressed his excitement at partnering up with Serena Williams for the Wimbledon mixed doubles.
The Brit said he couldn’t pass up such a great opportunity after looking for a mixed doubles partner for some time. He was rejected by the likes of world No.1 Ash Barty, but on the eve of Wimbledon, Williams said she was ‘available’ to the idea of possibly playing alongside him.
Speaking to STV on Wednesday morning (Jul 3), Murray said: “I’m looking forward to it – it should be good. I’m just happy to be fit and healthy again with what’s happened in the last year or so, you never know what’s around the corner so it’s a great opportunity so I’ll look forward to it.”
Murray is keen to get more matches under his belt after an injury-filled season.
Williams was also asked about teaming up with Murray after beating Giulia Gatto-Monticone in straight sets on Tuesday afternoon (Jul 2).
She said: “We’re a lot alike on the court. I’ve always liked that about him. Talking about work ethic… His work ethic is just honestly off the charts. That’s something I’ve always respected about him. His fitness, everything.
“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. He’s actually one of the few.
“There’s so many things to be admired. Above all, he really stands out, he really speaks up about women’s issues no matter what. You can tell he has a really strong woman in his life. I think above all that is just fantastic.”
The two will face Germany’s Andreas Mies and Chile’s Alexa Guarchi in the highly anticipated mixed doubles, which begin on Thursday (Jul 4).
Murray and Williams are expected to play their opening match on Friday (Jul 5).