Andy Murray: Serena Williams is such an icon of the game

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Andy Murray: Serena Williams is such an icon of the game

Great Britain's Andy Murray has spoken extremely highly of his Wimbledon mixed doubles partner Serena Williams as he says the 23-time Grand Slam champion is "such an icon of the game." After winning the Queen's doubles title alongside Feliciano Lopez in his first tournament since undergoing a hip resurfacing surgery, Murray revealed he asked several women about playing mixed doubles at Wimbledon but he got turned down.

Many immediately called for a Murray and Williams mixed doubles team -- and after weeks of speculating -- Williams confirmed the two would debut as a pair at The Championships. Murray and Williams won their first two matches in straight sets, before losing to Nicole Melichar and Bruno Soares in the round-of-16.

"Serena is a player I've always admired – she's arguably the best player of all time, is brilliant on grass and plays well in front of big crowds," Murray told the Hello Magazine. "We chatted about pairing up on Whatsapp - she was very focussed on the singles but I think we both knew we'd stand a good chance together.

I really enjoyed playing with her – she's such an icon of the game, and we had a lot of fun together on court."