Andy Murray fired up for Serena Williams partnership


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Andy Murray will return to Wimbledon in the doubles on Thursday but it is his partnership with Serena Williams in the mixed doubles that has got everyone talking.

The 32-year-old Brit teams up with Pierre-Hugues Herbert to take on France’s Ugo Humbert and Romania’s Marius Copil, with the Scot’s pairing priced at 1.15 to win and the opposition on offer at 5.00.

It will be an emotional comeback for Murray, who was last seen limping off a Wimbledon court when losing to Sam Querrey in the 2017 quarter-finals.

Two operations and a lot of rehab later, the former world number one and two-time Wimbledon champion is not ready for singles action although he has managed to persuade Williams to take part in the mixed doubles.

All eyes will be on the duo when they take to court at SW19 and Murray admits that, with his future in the sport still unclear, there was no way he was going to pass up the chance to play with a legend.

“The opportunity of playing with Serena, arguably she is one of the best players of all time and the biggest female athletes ever, is something I might never get another chance to do and potentially I might not play mixed doubles again,” he said.

“If I am going to do it once, the chance to play with her is obviously brilliant and not something I expected to happen.”

Williams still has ambitions to win the singles and is priced at 9.00 to take the title for an eighth time, with Karolina Pliskova and Ashleigh Barty joint-favourites at 5.00.

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