Will she, won't she? Murray waiting on Serena decision

Arnold Nichols
July 5, 2019

After days of speculation, Andy Murray confirmed he will play mixed doubles at Wimbledon with Serena Williams, his management company said in an email on Tuesday night. Last night, the official Wimbledon Twitter page tweeted a GIF of the star players with their championship trophies alongside the caption: "Coming soon to a Championships near you".

The Scot will take on Marius Copil of Romania and Ugo Humbert of France in the first round of the men's doubles today, with he and Williams likely to play their first match in the mixed doubles on Friday.

"His work ethic is honestly off the charts".

After Williams won the first set, 6-2, Gatto-Monticone stepped up for a much more competitive second one.

"But they've both got form in singles and doubles, so hopefully they can be the flawless match".

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

"I had said that I wanted to stop at Wimbledon, because I didn't want to play anymore", Murray said after his Queen's Club triumph.

"She's learnt how to play so well on it for the years".

For the second round in a row, No.11 seed Serena Williams faces a Wimbledon debutante - this time a teenager rather than a veteran in the form of 18-year-old Kaja Juvan.

Two tennis greats are pairing up for mixed doubles at Wimbledon. Sharapova, who recently returned to the tour after missing five months because of a right shoulder operation, quit while one game from defeat against Pauline Parmentier at 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-0, blaming what she said was "a tendon in my left forearm flaring up".

The youngster told the BBC: "Venus told me congratulations and keep going, she said good luck and I told her thanks for everything she did. Now that I can actually use my legs, it just all feels better".

"It's great, I'm just happy to be fit and healthy again and after what's happened in the past year or so, you don't know what's round the corner".

After appearing rusty during stages of this victory, she announced on Tuesday evening - ahead of Wednesday's 11am deadline - that she would partner Murray in the mixed doubles.

On a happy note, he added: "So she'd be a solid partner". The last time she played mixed at a Grand Slam event, though, was in 2012 at the French Open when she and fellow American Bob Bryan lost in the first round.

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