Andy Murray dropped a tantalizing hint that he and fellow British star Emma Raducanu could team up to play mixed doubles at Wimbledon this year. There will be plenty of attention on the pair as they travel to the All England Club next week in hopes they can both progress far in the tournament.
Raducanu, who stunned the world with her US Open triumph last year, has already been asked about the prospect of playing with Murray, and has done little to downplay the chances of it happening. “We haven’t really talked about it, but it’s something we think we both want to do,” she told BBC Sport earlier this month. “I don’t know if this will be the year, but I hope it will happen.”
And speaking in an interview with QG, Murray also admitted that this is a game he would definitely be interested in. “Yes, I would love to play with her,” he said. “I love watching her play. I think she’s brilliant. I think she’s going to be amazing for the sport. Not just in the UK, but especially in the UK.
“We actually talked last year about potentially playing mixed doubles at Wimbledon and then we both ended up doing well in singles so we ended up not doing it. But yeah, I’d like to play with her.”
When asked whether or not that might happen at this year’s edition of the famous tournament, Murray continued: “I don’t know. I haven’t spoken to him about it, but it would depend on the singles. Obviously , both have to prioritize that and hope to have a good race there, and if that’s the case, then that will be our priority.
“But yeah, if we both didn’t do well, then maybe. At some point in the future, I would definitely love to. I think that would be a lot of fun.”
There are question marks over both players’ fitness ahead of Wimbledon. Raducanu has struggled all year with a back problem and had to retire early in the recent Nottingham Open warm-up.
Nonetheless, she was ranked No.10 at Wimbledon and hopes to avoid further injury. Murray, meanwhile, did not play at Queen’s in order to recover from an abdominal injury picked up in the Stuttgart Open final.
It would take something miraculous for the Scot to win a third Wimbledon title, but legendary player John McEnroe still believes he can push Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal all the.
“If Murray is fit, I absolutely believe he is one of the contenders,” the BBC commentator said. “I actually believe he would be one of the few guys who could win. I don’t know if he’s fully fit. Maybe he doesn’t even know it. But he has a lot of experience .
“He knows how to play better than almost anyone on this surface. He’s prepared well, I believe, for that exact moment. Obviously, if he looks at Rafa and Novak, he has to think, he’s going to have one last hurrah. , I believe. I think it’s totally conceivable. What I don’t know is how you know how close he is to 100 per cent.”
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