Williams is essentially the most profitable participant within the open period tennis, with 23 grand slams in singles, and Murray is Britain’s most profitable participant in the identical interval, with three.
Oh, and Williams has gained 14 Grand Slam doubles titles with massive sister Venus.
Tuesday’s announcement ended every week of hypothesis as to whom Murray would line up alongside at Wimbledon or whether or not he would play blended doubles in any respect.
The Scot underwent a hip resurfacing operation after the Australian Open in an effort to increase his profession — initially, he deliberate on retiring at Wimbledon — and duly returned in doubles at Queens in London final month.
Not solely did he come again, however he gained the title with Spaniard Feliciano Lopez.
It wasn’t lengthy earlier than he opened the door to enjoying blended at Wimbledon and was turned down by the likes of present world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty and doubles Grand Slam winner Kristina Mladenovic.
Different feminine gamers volunteered their providers, together with Maria Sharapova.
Williams gave it away?
Williams hinted over the weekend that she would take into account that includes within the blended doubles and prompt that one thing was brewing after her 6-2 7-5 singles win Tuesday within the first spherical towards Italian qualifier Giulia Gatto-Monticone.
“I am nonetheless sort of within the singles mode, making an attempt to determine that half out. We’ll see. I may use additional matches, although, so … could possibly be one thing,” mentioned the 37-year-old, whose season has been hindered by a knee harm.
“For those who guys actually need it, then perhaps I will do it,” she added to reporters.
When the reply got here, “we do actually need it,” Williams countered, “All proper, carried out, only for you guys.”
Williams and Murray have all the time had a wholesome respect for each other, not solely due to Grand Slam victories.
Murray has been vocal in his quest for equality and went towards the norm in males’s tennis by hiring a feminine coach, Amelie Mauresmo, in 2014.
His mother, Judy, has been an enormous affect in his life, and after retaining his Olympic title in Rio in 2016, he corrected a reporter who mentioned he had simply turn out to be the primary participant to win two gold medals in tennis.
“I feel Venus and Serena have gained 4 every,” he mentioned.
He was proper.
‘We’re lots alike’
“We’re lots alike on the courtroom,” Williams mentioned, a line that drew fun. “I’ve all the time preferred that about him.
“His work ethic is simply actually off the charts. That is one thing I’ve all the time revered about him. His health, every part. To do what he is carried out in an period the place there’s so many different nice male tennis gamers, a lot competitors, to rise above it, not many individuals have carried out it. He is really one of many few.
“There’s so many issues to be admired. Above all, he actually stands out. He actually speaks up about ladies’s points it doesn’t matter what. You possibly can inform he has a extremely robust lady in his life. I feel above all that’s simply unbelievable.”
Williams final performed blended doubles in an official competitors on the 2012 French Open, shedding within the first spherical alongside males’s doubles legend Bob Bryan — who underwent the identical hip process as Murray final yr.
She gained the blended occasion at Wimbledon partnering Max Mirnyi in 1998.
Murray, in the meantime, final performed blended doubles at an official occasion in Rio with Heather Watson, and at Wimbledon, it was in 2006 with Kirsten Flipkens.
The draw takes place Wednesday, and Murray begins in males’s doubles Thursday with Frenchman Pierre Hugues Herbert.
He hopes to return to singles in August or after the US Open in September.