Andy Murray and Serena Williams’ mixed doubles partnership gets off to a flying start

Andy Murray and Serena Williams have won their first-ever mixed doubles match with ease, as Murray battled to stay in Wimbledon after crashing out of the men’s pairs this afternoon.

The former world No 1 was being cheered on by his wife Kim and mother Judy, on his first day back at Wimbledon following major hip surgery earlier this year.

He paired up with 23-time Grand Slam winner Williams, whose partner Alexis Ohanian the co-founder of Reddit was also watching on as the pair cruised to a 6-4, 6-1 victory. 

It was an emotional return for Murray who earlier this year had thought he would have to retire from tennis, and had not played at Wimbledon since 2017 where he lost in the quarter-finals.   

The pair were in action against Germany’s Andreas Mies and Chile’s Alexa Guarachi, but Murray has chosen a fine partner in Williams who has already progressed to the fourth round in singles. 

Speaking after the match, he said: ‘I obviously lost in the doubles earlier so all the energy is now focused on the mixed. It was a good start, I thought we played well. Both of us served well.’

Asked about how his body was feeling, Murray replied: ‘Yes good. My back was a little stiff after the men’s doubles. But it felt alright when we were out there. I served well and my hip is fine. Just a few aches and pains elsewhere.’ 

It was an emotional return for Murray (pictured celebrating) who earlier this year had thought he would have to retire from tennis, and had not played at Wimbledon since 2017 where he lost in the quarter-finals

It was an emotional return for Murray (pictured celebrating) who earlier this year had thought he would have to retire from tennis, and had not played at Wimbledon since 2017 where he lost in the quarter-finals

It was an emotional return for Murray (pictured celebrating) who earlier this year had thought he would have to retire from tennis, and had not played at Wimbledon since 2017 where he lost in the quarter-finals

Murray and Williams kiss following their victory against Germany's Andreas Mies and Chile's Alexa Guarachi in the mixed doubles

Murray and Williams kiss following their victory against Germany's Andreas Mies and Chile's Alexa Guarachi in the mixed doubles

Murray and Williams kiss following their victory against Germany’s Andreas Mies and Chile’s Alexa Guarachi in the mixed doubles

Andy Murray and Serena Williams shake hand with Andreas Mies of Germany and Alexa Guarachi of China following their Mixed Doubles first round match

Andy Murray and Serena Williams shake hand with Andreas Mies of Germany and Alexa Guarachi of China following their Mixed Doubles first round match

Andy Murray and Serena Williams shake hand with Andreas Mies of Germany and Alexa Guarachi of China following their Mixed Doubles first round match

Andy Murray's wife Kim celebrates after he secured his first win at Wimbledon 2019 in the mixed doubles alongside Serena Williams

Andy Murray's wife Kim celebrates after he secured his first win at Wimbledon 2019 in the mixed doubles alongside Serena Williams

Andy Murray’s wife Kim celebrates after he secured his first win at Wimbledon 2019 in the mixed doubles alongside Serena Williams

Andy Murray and Serena Williams leave the court after securing their first mixed doubles win, having never played competitively before

Andy Murray and Serena Williams leave the court after securing their first mixed doubles win, having never played competitively before

Andy Murray and Serena Williams leave the court after securing their first mixed doubles win, having never played competitively before

Andy Murray and Serena Williams celebrate victory in their mixed doubles first round match at Wimbledon

Andy Murray and Serena Williams celebrate victory in their mixed doubles first round match at Wimbledon

Murray appeared overjoyed as he celebrated his mixed doubles win, having earlier lost in the second round of the men's doubles

Murray appeared overjoyed as he celebrated his mixed doubles win, having earlier lost in the second round of the men's doubles

Andy Murray and Serena Williams celebrate victory in their mixed doubles first round match at Wimbledon (left). Murray appeared overjoyed (right) with the win, having earlier lost in the second round of the men’s doubles 

Kim Sears greets Alexis Ohanian, the husband of Serena Williams, as she settles down to watch her husband participate in the mixed doubles. She had earlier seen her husband crash out of the men's doubles on his return to Wimbledon

Kim Sears greets Alexis Ohanian, the husband of Serena Williams, as she settles down to watch her husband participate in the mixed doubles. She had earlier seen her husband crash out of the men's doubles on his return to Wimbledon

Kim Sears greets Alexis Ohanian, the husband of Serena Williams, as she settles down to watch her husband participate in the mixed doubles. She had earlier seen her husband crash out of the men’s doubles on his return to Wimbledon

Kim Murray and Alexis Ohanian in the players box on Centre Court watching Andy Murray take part in his first mixed doubles alongside Serena Williams. The pair appeared in good spirits during the first set, winning 6-4

Kim Murray and Alexis Ohanian in the players box on Centre Court watching Andy Murray take part in his first mixed doubles alongside Serena Williams. The pair appeared in good spirits during the first set, winning 6-4

Kim Murray and Alexis Ohanian in the players box on Centre Court watching Andy Murray take part in his first mixed doubles alongside Serena Williams. The pair appeared in good spirits during the first set, winning 6-4

Andy Murray and Serena Williams appeared in good spirits as they played together in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon this evening

Andy Murray and Serena Williams appeared in good spirits as they played together in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon this evening

Andy Murray and Serena Williams appeared in good spirits as they played together in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon this evening

The former world No 1 had been due to play with Williams yesterday but an almost three hour battle between 15-year-old tennis sensation Cori Gauff and Slovenian powerhouse Polona Hercog meant play was delayed

The former world No 1 had been due to play with Williams yesterday but an almost three hour battle between 15-year-old tennis sensation Cori Gauff and Slovenian powerhouse Polona Hercog meant play was delayed

The former world No 1 had been due to play with Williams yesterday but an almost three hour battle between 15-year-old tennis sensation Cori Gauff and Slovenian powerhouse Polona Hercog meant play was delayed

Serena Williams warmed up for her opening mixed doubles match at Wimbledon by reaching the fourth round in singles. The seven-time singles champion, who is playing with partner Andy Murray at the All England Club later in the day, beat Julia Goerges for the second year in a row

Serena Williams warmed up for her opening mixed doubles match at Wimbledon by reaching the fourth round in singles. The seven-time singles champion, who is playing with partner Andy Murray at the All England Club later in the day, beat Julia Goerges for the second year in a row

Serena Williams warmed up for her opening mixed doubles match at Wimbledon by reaching the fourth round in singles. The seven-time singles champion, who is playing with partner Andy Murray at the All England Club later in the day, beat Julia Goerges for the second year in a row

Murray and Williams were dominant in the mixed doubles on Friday evening, laughing and joking together as they cruised through the first set

Murray and Williams were dominant in the mixed doubles on Friday evening, laughing and joking together as they cruised through the first set

Murray, who is limited to playing doubles at the moment as he returns from an operation for a hip replacement, lost in the men's doubles tournament on Saturday

Murray, who is limited to playing doubles at the moment as he returns from an operation for a hip replacement, lost in the men's doubles tournament on Saturday

Murray, who is limited to playing doubles at the moment as he returns from an operation for a hip replacement, lost in the men’s doubles tournament on Saturday. But he and Williams were dominant in the mixed doubles on Friday evening

Serena Williams tells Andy Murray that she has forgotten to take off her credential before starting the mixed doubles game. The pair appear in good spirits as they play their first mixed doubles match together

Serena Williams tells Andy Murray that she has forgotten to take off her credential before starting the mixed doubles game. The pair appear in good spirits as they play their first mixed doubles match together

Serena Williams tells Andy Murray that she has forgotten to take off her credential before starting the mixed doubles game. The pair appear in good spirits as they play their first mixed doubles match together 

Murray had been due to play with Williams yesterday but an almost three hour battle between 15-year-old tennis sensation Cori Gauff and Slovenian powerhouse Polona Hercog meant play was delayed.    

His mother Judy, who regularly turns out to support him, tweeted a picture of a glass of champagne and a jar of popcorn ahead of his mixed doubles clash, saying: ‘Dear Andy and Serena. I’m ready.’ 

Both Murray and Williams have spoken of their pairing ahead of the game. Williams said: ‘There’s such a buzz going around about me and Andy that I’ve gotten nervous now.

‘I feel like I might have a little bit performance anxiety. I hope I can live up to the hype.

The pair had never shared a court together ahead of warming up for their mixed doubles clash this evening. But at a ball hitting session on Friday they  appeared relaxed as they chatted, smiled, and shared a jubilant high-five.  

Ahead of the match Murray said: ‘Playing with Serena, the atmosphere should be great.’ 

The duo have an impressive 26 Grand Slam titles between them and their appearance on court and how their partnership works will be fascinating for tennis fans.

The American won the Wimbledon mixed doubles on her one previous appearance 21 years ago, while Murray last played the event in 2006, partnering Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens and making the second round.

He did win the silver medal at the 2012 Olympics playing alongside Laura Robson, which was actually held at Wimbledon.

Ahead of the match Murray said: 'Playing with Serena, the atmosphere should be great.' The pair were are dominant in the first set, as Murray looks to improve upon his defeat in the men's singles earlier this afternoon

Ahead of the match Murray said: 'Playing with Serena, the atmosphere should be great.' The pair were are dominant in the first set, as Murray looks to improve upon his defeat in the men's singles earlier this afternoon

Ahead of the match Murray said: ‘Playing with Serena, the atmosphere should be great.’ The pair were are dominant in the first set, as Murray looks to improve upon his defeat in the men’s singles earlier this afternoon

Andy Murray and Serena Williams celebrate during their Mixed Doubles first round match against Andreas Mies of Germany and Alexa Guarachi of Chile

Andy Murray and Serena Williams celebrate during their Mixed Doubles first round match against Andreas Mies of Germany and Alexa Guarachi of Chile

Andy Murray and Serena Williams celebrate during their Mixed Doubles first round match against Andreas Mies of Germany and Alexa Guarachi of Chile

Victory for Murray alongside Serena Williams (pictured together) would be an emotional return to SW19 having taken time out from the sport to recover from a hip operation - which he previously believed would lead to his retirement from tennis this year

Victory for Murray alongside Serena Williams (pictured together) would be an emotional return to SW19 having taken time out from the sport to recover from a hip operation - which he previously believed would lead to his retirement from tennis this year

Before a ball hitting session on Friday, Murray admitted the two champions had never even shared a court together. But that afternoon he and Williams - who is considered one of the greatest players to ever grace the court - appeared relaxed as they chatted, smiled, and shared a jubilant high-five

Before a ball hitting session on Friday, Murray admitted the two champions had never even shared a court together. But that afternoon he and Williams - who is considered one of the greatest players to ever grace the court - appeared relaxed as they chatted, smiled, and shared a jubilant high-five

Victory for Murray alongside Serena Williams (pictured together) would be an emotional return to SW19 having taken time out from the sport to recover from a hip operation – which he previously believed would lead to his retirement from tennis this year

The duo have an impressive 26 Grand Slam titles between them and their appearance on court and how their partnership works will be fascinating for tennis fans. The American won the Wimbledon mixed doubles on her one previous appearance 21 years ago, while Murray last played the event in 2006, partnering Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens and making the second round

The duo have an impressive 26 Grand Slam titles between them and their appearance on court and how their partnership works will be fascinating for tennis fans. The American won the Wimbledon mixed doubles on her one previous appearance 21 years ago, while Murray last played the event in 2006, partnering Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens and making the second round

The duo have an impressive 26 Grand Slam titles between them and their appearance on court and how their partnership works will be fascinating for tennis fans. The American won the Wimbledon mixed doubles on her one previous appearance 21 years ago, while Murray last played the event in 2006, partnering Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens and making the second round

The duo have an impressive 26 Grand Slam titles between them and their appearance on court and how their partnership works will be fascinating for tennis fans

The duo have an impressive 26 Grand Slam titles between them and their appearance on court and how their partnership works will be fascinating for tennis fans

The duo have an impressive 26 Grand Slam titles between them and their appearance on court and how their partnership works will be fascinating for tennis fans

Serena Williams won the Wimbledon mixed doubles on her one previous appearance 21 years ago, while Murray last played the event in 2006, partnering Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens and making the second round

Serena Williams won the Wimbledon mixed doubles on her one previous appearance 21 years ago, while Murray last played the event in 2006, partnering Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens and making the second round

Serena Williams won the Wimbledon mixed doubles on her one previous appearance 21 years ago, while Murray last played the event in 2006, partnering Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens and making the second round

Andy Murray and Serena Williams during their mixed doubles match against Andreas Mies and Alexa Guarachi on day six of the Wimbledon Championships

Andy Murray and Serena Williams during their mixed doubles match against Andreas Mies and Alexa Guarachi on day six of the Wimbledon Championships

Andy Murray and Serena Williams during their mixed doubles match against Andreas Mies and Alexa Guarachi on day six of the Wimbledon Championships

In a BBC column on Friday Murray admitted they had not played together before but that Williams 'serves unbelievably well.' Murray said: 'I don't know her that well and we haven't played together before or spent much time hanging out - so let's see what happens'

In a BBC column on Friday Murray admitted they had not played together before but that Williams 'serves unbelievably well.' Murray said: 'I don't know her that well and we haven't played together before or spent much time hanging out - so let's see what happens'

In a BBC column on Friday Murray admitted they had not played together before but that Williams ‘serves unbelievably well.’ Murray said: ‘I don’t know her that well and we haven’t played together before or spent much time hanging out – so let’s see what happens’

Ahead of the match Murray said: 'Playing with Serena, the atmosphere should be great' (pictured alongside her this evening)

Ahead of the match Murray said: 'Playing with Serena, the atmosphere should be great' (pictured alongside her this evening)

Ahead of the match Murray said: ‘Playing with Serena, the atmosphere should be great’ (pictured alongside her this evening)

Andy Murray is finally teaming up alongside Serena Williams (pictured together) for their delayed mixed doubles clash, as he battles to stay in the competition after crashing out of the men's pairs this afternoon

Andy Murray is finally teaming up alongside Serena Williams (pictured together) for their delayed mixed doubles clash, as he battles to stay in the competition after crashing out of the men's pairs this afternoon

Andy Murray is finally teaming up alongside Serena Williams (pictured together) for their delayed mixed doubles clash, as he battles to stay in the competition after crashing out of the men’s pairs this afternoon

Wimbledon's sixth day has seen Murray compete in his first major tournament since completing a successful hip operation (pictured arriving on court alongside Serena Williams)

Wimbledon's sixth day has seen Murray compete in his first major tournament since completing a successful hip operation (pictured arriving on court alongside Serena Williams)

Wimbledon’s sixth day has seen Murray compete in his first major tournament since completing a successful hip operation (pictured arriving on court alongside Serena Williams)

In a BBC column on Friday Murray admitted they had not played together before but that Williams ‘serves unbelievably well.’

Murray said: ‘I don’t know her that well and we haven’t played together before or spent much time hanging out – so let’s see what happens. 

‘But I think we do a lot of things quite similarly on court that should bode well for us as a partnership. 

‘Both of us play predominantly from the baseline and we are both good movers and athletes. And she serves unbelievably well.

‘I don’t think we have ever hit together over the years, but hopefully we are going to do that today before this evening’s match.’  

Wimbledon’s sixth day has seen Murray compete in his first major tournament since completing a successful hip operation. 

He and Williams will be watched by a string of sporting legends who have flocked to the All England Lawns Tennis Club, including Lord Sebastian Coe and Sir Chris Hoy. 

The long-distance runner joins a host of fellow ex-Olympians in the Royal Box this afternoon – such as IAAF President Lord Sebastian Coe, cyclist Sir Chris Hoy and sailor Sir Ben Ainslie. 

Greats from the worlds of boxing, rugby, netball and golf also took their seats in the exclusive Centre Court box where they watched British player Hannah Dart crash out of the competition.    

Kim Sears, wife of Andy Murray attends day six of Wimbledon. She is seen cheering her husband on as he competes in the men's doubles

Kim Sears, wife of Andy Murray attends day six of Wimbledon. She is seen cheering her husband on as he competes in the men's doubles

Kim Sears, wife of Andy Murray attends day six of Wimbledon. She is seen cheering her husband on as he competes in the men’s doubles

Kim Sears Murray

Kim Sears Murray

Judy Murray

Judy Murray

The former pair world No 1 and his partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert were beaten in their first-round clash in front of the Briton’s mum Judy (right) and wife Kim (left) who were supporting Andy in the stands

Sir Mo (pictured with Lord Coe in the Royal Box) said that he and his wife Tania are relishing 'some time away from the kids' and joked: 'We are both just excited to be away from the kids - it's just nice to have a little break, just the two of us'

Sir Mo (pictured with Lord Coe in the Royal Box) said that he and his wife Tania are relishing 'some time away from the kids' and joked: 'We are both just excited to be away from the kids - it's just nice to have a little break, just the two of us'

Sir Mo (pictured with Lord Coe in the Royal Box) said that he and his wife Tania are relishing ‘some time away from the kids’ and joked: ‘We are both just excited to be away from the kids – it’s just nice to have a little break, just the two of us’

Gareth and Alison Southgate in the royal box of centre court on day six of the Wimbledon Championships. Both were watching Murray on his return to Wimbledon

Gareth and Alison Southgate in the royal box of centre court on day six of the Wimbledon Championships. Both were watching Murray on his return to Wimbledon

Gareth and Alison Southgate in the royal box of centre court on day six of the Wimbledon Championships. Both were watching Murray on his return to Wimbledon

Andy Murray's hopes of a sensational sporting comeback took a blow this afternoon as the former Wimbledon champion crashed out of the men's doubles competition

Andy Murray's hopes of a sensational sporting comeback took a blow this afternoon as the former Wimbledon champion crashed out of the men's doubles competition

Andy Murray’s hopes of a sensational sporting comeback took a blow this afternoon as the former Wimbledon champion crashed out of the men’s doubles competition

Sir Mo said that he and his wife Tania are relishing ‘some time away from the kids’ and joked: ‘We are both just excited to be away from the kids – it’s just nice to have a little break, just the two of us.’ 

The father-of-three added: ‘It’s just incredible to have the chance to sit and watch it and enjoy a cup of tea.’ 

And Sir Chris said: ‘I haven’t seen much of it at all this week because I’ve been working flat out. I’m just looking forward to enjoying another fine day at Wimbledon.’   

Fans are also camped outside the All England Lawn Tennis Club in the famous Queue with the hope of snapping up the limited number of tickets released each day.

Teenage sensation Coco Gauff – who prompted the delay of Murray’s game – had her first taste of defeat at Wimbledon today after losing in the mixed doubles.

The 15-year-old was in action alongside Briton Jay Clarke, 20, in the mixed doubles on Court Two this afternoon. But both players struggled to gain traction losing the game by two sets (6-1, 6-4). 

The Briton had dumped his British doubles partner Harriet Jay in order to partner up with the rising tennis star for the mixed doubles. But it seems the pairing was not meant to be. 

She will now take to court on Monday. But she won’t face an easy ride in the fourth round, as she is set to face former world number one Simona Halep.  

Her remarkable rise to fame has already seen her beat seven-time Grand Slam singles winner Venus Williams, 39, in the first round and Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova in the second. 

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