Serena Williams ignited the talks of a dream-team partnership with home favorite Andy Murray as he steps up his return, five months after the hip surgery.
The former World Number 1 who has been one of the biggest advocates of equal rights for men and women on the tennis tour so far have drawn a blank in his search for a mixed doubles partner.
So far he had to face rejections too as the recently crowned French Open Champion, Ashleigh Barty who is already scheduled to play women’s doubles and singles said she could not manage three events and France’s Kristina Mladenovic also politely declined for similar reasons.
Murray has just returned from a hip injury and consequent surgery to win men’s doubles title at Queen’s Club with Feliciano Lopez. While he has yet to decide, a rather unlikely possibility has stepped up: Serena Williams who says “I am available. I am feeling better now, so I am definitely available”, the 23-times grand slam singles champion said to reporters when asked whether she would like to play with Murray.
“I mean we just have to wait and see. I like to be tongue-in-cheek. “Let’s see how my knee is doing. I am finally doing well. I don’t want to, like, go back.”