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Andy Murray and Serena Williams confirm dream team partnership for Wimbledon mixed doubles

 

Andy Murray will play together in this year's mixed doubles at Wimbledon.
Andy Murray will play together in this year's mixed doubles at Wimbledon.

By Eleanor Crooks

Andy Murray and Serena Williams will link up to play mixed doubles at Wimbledon, the Scot's team confirmed on Tuesday evening.

The partnership, which seemed little more than a media dream when it was first mooted on Saturday, had grown increasingly more likely over the past couple of days and, after Williams safely came through her first-round singles test, it became reality.

The pair will sign in ahead of the deadline at 11am on Wednesday, thrusting what is traditionally the least heralded of the five main draws firmly into the spotlight.

Positives noises from Williams' coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, were the first real hint that it could happen, and Murray added further intrigue on Monday when he said it could "possibly" be the American he would play with.

Williams continued to tease the possibility after beating Guilia Gatto-Monticone in the first round of the singles, suggesting she could do with the extra time on court.

"I'm just going to see how I feel today, then go from there," the 37-year-old said.

"We'll see. I could use extra matches, though, so it could be something."

When pressed on the team up with Murray, she replied: "I don't know. If you guys really want it, then maybe I'll do it.

"All right, done, just for you guys. If you guys want it."

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