Set to play his first Grand Slam event since undergoing a resurfacing surgery on his right hip, Andy Murray is not messing around. He’s struck up a partnership with 23-time major singles champion Serena Williams.
Williams, the winner of a combined 14 Wimbledon crowns (seven singles, six doubles and one mixed), won back-to-back mixed doubles titles with Max Mirnyi in 1998 at Wimbledon and the US Open.
Murray had reached out to a number of players leading up to the grass-court major, including new WTA world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty and current doubles No. 1 Kristina Mladenovic, but was turned down. Upon hearing about his struggles to get a yes, many WTA players campaigned to partner up with the Scot, including Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki.
Murray won the Queen’s Club doubles trophy with Feliciano Lopez in the first event of his comeback two weeks ago. His chances in men’s doubles with former Wimbledon champion Pierre-Hugues Herbert took a hit at the start of the week. The Frenchman revealed signs of trouble with his right quad prior to his first-round defeat to 2018 singles finalist Kevin Anderson.
Murray and Williams will find out their opponent on Wednesday, when the 48-team mixed doubles draw is made. Sixteen seeded teams will receive a bye.