Andy Murray Will Play Alongside Serena Williams In The Mixed Doubles At Wimbledon

Andy Murray has confirmed that he will be playing alongside Serena Williams in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon.

They are expected to play their first match on Thursday, according to the BBC.

Serena Williams celebrates her win against Giulia Gatto-Monticone on day two of the Wimbledon Championships. Credit: PA
Serena Williams celebrates her win against Giulia Gatto-Monticone on day two of the Wimbledon Championships. Credit: PA

Williams, 23-time Grand Slam singles winner, spoke in a press conference where she was asked whether she would be joining Murray.

She told journalists: "I'm just going to see how I feel today, then go from there. This is crazy. We'll see. I could use extra matches so... Could be something."

She then added: "If you guys really want it... all right, done."

Andy Murray is returning five months after a hip operation. Credit: PA
Andy Murray is returning five months after a hip operation. Credit: PA

Speaking about Murray being a good mixed doubles partner, Williams said: "We're a lot alike on the court, I've always liked that about him," she said.

"His work ethic is honestly off the charts. 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.

"There's so many things to be admired. Above all, he really stands out, he really speaks up about women's issues no matter what. You can tell he has a really strong woman in his life. I think above all that is just fantastic."

Williams, 37, got off to a flying start today as she won her first round match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone.

Cori 'Coco' Gauff, right, greets the United States's Venus Williams at the net after winning. Credit: PA
Cori 'Coco' Gauff, right, greets the United States's Venus Williams at the net after winning. Credit: PA

However, the same can't be said for sister Venus Williams who was knocked out of the tournament yesterday by 15-year-old Cori Gauff.

This was the teen's debut match and the world number 313 beat her 39-year-old opponent 6-4 6-4.

Upon realising she had won, Gauff crouched down at the back of the court with her head in her hands.

Cori Gauff celebrates her win against Venus Williams on day one of the Wimbledon Championships. Credit: PA
Cori Gauff celebrates her win against Venus Williams on day one of the Wimbledon Championships. Credit: PA

She said: "Honestly I don't really know how to feel. This was definitely the first time I ever cried after winning a match. I don't even know how to explain how I feel.

"I had to tell myself to stay calm, I'd never played on a court so big. I had to remind myself that the lines are the same size."

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.

"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.

"My parents will be super happy, my dad was jumping up every time I won a point. I'm so happy they spent all their time on me and my brothers and making sure we're successful.

"I never thought this would happen. I'm literally living my dream right now. I'm really happy Wimbledon gave me the chance to play, I never thought I would get this far."

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