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Andy Murray and Serena Williams have teased that they could make an unlikely mixed doubles pairing at Wimbledon this year. 

Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, raised the possibility of a collaboration and said she was “available” after Murray revealed he was looking for a female tennis partner.

The Scotsman responded to William’s offer in typically dry fashion, saying she would be a “pretty solid partner”.

Andy Murray said Williams would be a 'pretty solid partner'
Andy Murray said Williams would be a ‘pretty solid partner’

“Obviously she’s arguably the best player ever,” he said.

Murray, who is making a comeback from hip surgery, will play with Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the men’s doubles but is yet to find a mixed doubles partner.

He was turned down by world number one Ashleigh Barty, but plenty of others have put themselves forward – including Maria Sharapova.

Williams, who has been battling a knee injury, was coy about the prospect of a link-up after being pressed further on it.

“I’m available. I’m feeling better now, so I’m definitely available,” she said. “I mean, we just have to wait and see. I like to be tongue-in-cheek.

“Let’s see how my knee’s going. I’m finally doing good. I don’t want to, like, go back.”

Serena Williams has hinted that she is 'available' to play in the mixed doubles
Serena Williams has hinted that she is ‘available’ to play in the mixed doubles

The 37-year-old’s coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, also hinted he would be open to the pairing, tweeting: “Nice mixed double team…” in response to Murray’s comments.

However, Murray admitted he may not be able to play with someone who is focused on singles, as Williams would be.

“I’ve spoken to a number of players about playing,” he said. “Obviously the one thing with the players that are in the singles is that they may (focus on singles) – that’s their priority.

“I understand that. I appreciate that.

Andy Murray and Jacquie Beltrao

The former world number one recently had surgery on his hip to try and extend his tennis career

“If I’m going to play mixed, which is the plan, you obviously want to be playing with someone who’s going to be there for the whole event, and they’re in it to try to win matches and win the event.

“I appreciate with singles players that’s not always going to be the case.”

Williams will be gunning for her eighth singles title at Wimbledon and will be looking to beat favourite Ashleigh Barty.

Murray is playing in his third tournament since his hip resurfacing in January.

The two-time Wimbledon singles champion was on the verge of retiring just five months ago after recurring problems with his hip.

Andy Murray and Feliciano Lopez have secured silverware at Queen's
Andy Murray and Feliciano Lopez secured silverware at Queen’s

Players including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic paid tribute to the tennis star at the time, but he has made a triumphant comeback since surgery.

Earlier this month, he won the men’s doubles title at Queen’s after teaming with Feliciano Lopez.

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