Former Gairdoch United star teams up with Serena Williams at Wimbledon 2019

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And there it was, confirmation of an historic partnership: Andy Murray, feminist and all-round good guy, to play with Serena Williams, the American he calls "perhaps the greatest player ever". Last night, the official Wimbledon Twitter page tweeted a GIF of the star players with their championship trophies alongside the caption: "Coming soon to a Championships near you". His work ethic is off the charts. "In those situations I always wanted Jamie to win because he was the older one, like it was the natural order of things, and he is easier to handle". He's actually one of the few.

The two will face Germany's Andreas Mies and Chile's Alexa Guarchi in the highly anticipated mixed doubles, which begin on Thursday (Jul 4).

"He really stands out, he really speaks up about women's issues no matter what", said Williams. The tennis champion returned to professional tennis previous month at the doubles competition at Queens. So I was just trying to paint something - and my attempts were hilarious.

Azarenka had also thought she was in with a shout of partnering Murray since she had gone all the way to the final with his elder brother Jamie previous year.

Tuesday's announcement ended a week of speculation as to whom Murray would line up alongside at Wimbledon or whether he would play mixed doubles at all.

After practicing on Wednesday with his male doubles partner, Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Murray was asked how significant a moment this will be in the context of his career.

After taking the first set in 29 minutes, Williams had to wait until the eighth game of the second set to break serve only for the resilient Italian to fire straight back and then level at 5-5.

"It looks like a really strong partnership", she said.

"She really took it to me today".

To the handshake after the highlight-worthy 12-stroke exchange that capped the result, including a trade of volleys with both women at the net: "She told me I'm an unbelievable player".

The last time she played mixed at a Grand Slam event, though, was in 2012 at the French Open when she and fellow American Bob Bryan lost in the first round.

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