Andy & Serena Join Forces In Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Draw
They’ve created plenty of magic over the years at The All England Club, combining for nine singles titles. Serena also has six women’s doubles title with sister Venus Williams and won the mixed doubles title in 1998 (w/Mirnyi). Murray last played mixed doubles at this event with Kirsten Flipkens in 2006.
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“We’re a lot alike on the court. I’ve always liked that about him,” said Williams. “His work ethic is 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 are so many other great male tennis players, so much competition, to rise above it, not many people have done it. There's so many things to be admired.”
Murray wasn’t originally sure if he would play mixed doubles after he revealed that several players turned him down. The admission sparked a social media frenzy, with everyone from Maria Sharapova to Billie Jean King offering to fill in.
The Brit also expressed concerns over a potential backlog of matches if bad weather impacted the schedule. But he joked last weekend that Williams would “be a pretty solid partner” and said that she’s “arguably the best player ever.”
The pair is unseeded in the 48-team mixed doubles draw and will meet the German-Chilean team of Andreas Mies/Alexa Guarachi in round one. Mies won the Roland Garros doubles title with countryman Kevin Krawietz.
Jamie Murray, Aussie Nick Kyrgios and #NextGenATP American Frances Tiafoe also are playing in the competition. Jamie is partnering with American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Kyrgios with Desirae Krawczyk of the U.S., and Tiafoe with Serena's sister Venus. The earliest the Murray brothers could face off is in the final.