Murray chooses Serena Williams as mixed doubles partner for Wimbledon

Author: Rosalind K. Amoh
Serena Williams will partner Andy Murray  for mixed doubles at 2019 Wimbledon
Serena Williams will partner Andy Murray for mixed doubles at 2019 Wimbledon

Former Wimbledon champion, Andy Murray has chosen another former champion, Serena Williams as his mixed doubles partner for this year's competition.

While Serena is competing in the singles event, Murray is not, still recovering from the hip surgery, but has opted to play in both the mixed and men's double events.

The decorated pair will play Germany's Andreas Mies and Chile's Alexa Guarachi in the first round.

 Murray will also be partnered by Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert, a doubles expert who has won all four Grand Slam titles, in the men's event.

"The chance to play with her is brilliant and not something I expected to happen," the Scot said.

Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou contacted Murray's Jamie Delgado to see if the Scot was available and the blockbuster partnership between two of the sport's most high profile players, who have 26 Grand Slam titles between them, was confirmed on Tuesday.

Serena Williams and Andy Murray play their first mixed doubles game on Friday

"The opportunity to play with Serena, who is one of the best tennis players of all time and one of biggest female athletes ever, is something I might not get another chance to do again. Potentially I might not play mixed doubles again," Murray said in an interview

"If I am going to do it once, the chance to play with her is obviously great."

For two-time Wimbledon singles champion Murray, the high-profile partnership with 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams represents another chance to win a Wimbledon title, this time less than six months after having hip surgery.

The 32-year-old Scot feared a hip resurfacing operation might signal the end of his career, yet he returned to competitive action in the doubles at Queen's last month.

The former world number one, who decided playing doubles was the best option for the first stage of his comeback, went on to win the Queen's title alongside Spain's Feliciano Lopez.