After her first-round victory over Italy’s Giulia Gatto-Monticone, Serena Williams was still thinking only about singles, but soon afterwards BBC confirmed that the American would play mixed doubles with Andy Murray at Wimbledon.
At first, when asked about the prospect of playing with Murray, the 37-year-old legend smiled:
This is crazy. I don’t know. I’m still kind of in the singles mode, trying to figure that part out. We’ll see. I could use extra matches, though, so… could be something.
When the journalists kept insisting on the topic of mixed doubles, Williams responded:
I don’t know. If you guys really want it, then maybe I’ll do it.
When the response from the media in the conference room was positive, Williams laughingly said::
Yeah? All right, done, just for you guys. Don’t forget.
Williams and Murray are expected to play their first match as a team on Thursday, facing Germany’s Andreas Mies and Chile’s Alexa Guarachi.
Murray, who was turned down by current WTA No.1 Ashleigh Barty, commenting on his partnership 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. So she’d be a solid partner.
Williams’ biography includes seven Wimbledon trophies in singles, six in doubles, and one in mixed doubles (1998 with Max Mirnyi). On the other hand, two-time Wimbledon singles champion Murray has had no doubles success at Grand Slams, including Wimbledon, but together with Laura Robson he was a silver medalist in the London 2012 Olympics which were played at the All England Club.