Published: Sun, July 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Andy Murray emotional at playing with Serena Williams in Wimbledon mixed doubles

Andy Murray emotional at playing with Serena Williams in Wimbledon mixed doubles

This is quite a pair: Serena Williams is teaming up with Andy Murray for mixed doubles at Wimbledon.

Two-time men's singles champion Murray and Williams, a 14-time victor in singles and doubles, face Andreas Mies and Alexa Guarachi in the first round.

The surprise singles conqueror of Venus Williams has also entered the mixed doubles, with 15-year-old American Cori Gauff pairing up with Britain's Jay Clarke.

"I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for her - I told her she was so inspiring and I've always wanted to tell her that but I've never had the guts to before".

The star combination are drawn to play Andreas Mies of Germany and Alexa Gurachi of Chile in the opening round. "There are so many things to be admired", she added.

Azarenka had also thought she was in with a shout of partnering Murray since she had gone all the way to the final with his elder brother Jamie previous year.

Earlier, Murray ended days of speculation about who he will play mixed doubles with at Wimbledon after confirming he would partner Williams at the grasscourt major. Murray and Feliciano Lopez won the doubles title at Queen's Club last month in the Scotsman's return to competition. "Any coach will tell you, if the male player can keep the lady smiling, then (anything is possible)", Judy Murray said on Wednesday.

"He really stands out, he really speaks up about women's issues no matter what", said Williams.

Alexis seemed to be shouting, "you're the woman" as he pointed down at his all-star wife at one point.

The Scot has teamed up with the 23-time grand-slam champion for the mixed doubles as he prepares to make his SW19 comeback.

Victoria Azarenka joked she was "kind of pissed" that Sir Andy had not asked to be her partner.

Meanwhile a third wrote: "I really really hope this happens".

Despite never playing a Grand Slam together, their individual talents can not be questioned, so it will have to take a serious effort to defeat the two in the draw. Serena also went on to win the mix doubles title in 1998 with Max Mirnyi.

Next up for the former world number one will be a second-round clash against Kaja Juvan, a highly-rated 18-year-old prospect from Slovenia who showed off her potential with a 6-4 2-6 6-4 win over Kristyna Pliskova.

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