Wimbledon 2019 is already shaping up to be a memorable one, especially now that Serena Williams and Andy Murray are teaming up.
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Murray – who has proven to be a feminist ally with female tennis players before – previously talked about how he’d love to play with Williams. “Serena is obviously a brilliant player, has a great doubles record and is brilliant on grass obviously. She’s arguably the best player ever,” he said. “So she’d be a solid partner.”
Williams – a 23-time Grand Slam singles winner – also hinted at the partnership, saying: “If you guys really want it… all right, done.”
She also said earlier in the week: “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.”
The pair are set to play together on Thursday 4 July.
Williams has won at least two women’s doubles titles at all four grand slams, including six at Wimbledon, as well as two mixed doubles grand slam wins. And Murray, who is recovering from hip surgery, is a two-time singles champion. So this is arguably the most anticipated game of the tournament so far.