Former world no. 1 Andy Murray has not played in singles since that epic Australian Open loss to Roberto Bautista Agut, undergoing hip surgery and working on a comeback for a couple of months. At the moment, Murray is competing only in doubles, making a perfect return at Queen's where he and Feliciano Lopez went all the way to lift the title.
Andy lost early in Eastbourne and he is ready to embrace Wimbledon doubles draw with Pierre-Hugues Herbert before the possible singles return this summer or autumn. Seeking as many chances as possible to get in the best possible shape, Andy was eager to enter the mixed doubles draw as well, reaching for Ashleigh Barty or Kristina Mladenovic who both had to turn him down and turning his focus to the Williams sisters.
On Tuesday evening (the entry deadline is on Wednesday morning), Andy has announced Serena Williams as his mixed doubles partner, joining forces with the 23-time singles Grand Slam champion who won the opening round match in straight sets, not wanting to confirm the news and leaving Murray to do so.
The Briton has played in the mixed doubles only four times in a career, with Shahar Peer and Kirsten Flipkens at Wimbledon way back in 2005 and 2006 before losing in the final of the Olympic Games in London in 2012 with Laura Robson.
Four years later in Rio de Janeiro, Andy joined forces with Heather Watson, losing in the quarter-final to Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna. On the other hand, Serena Williams has won 18 out of 22 mixed doubles matches, reaching the final at all four Majors some 20 years ago and conquering Wimbledon and the US Open in 1998 with Max Mirnyi. Her last mixed doubles Grand Slam tournament came at Roland Garros 2012, losing in the first round with Bob Bryan.