Andy Murray has ruled out teaming up with Serena Williams in mixed doubles again at Wimbledon this year as he looks to focus his efforts on the singles.
Murray, the two-time Wimbledon champion from Dunblane, will make his return to singles action at the All England Club for the first time since hobbling out of the quarter-finals against Sam Querrey four years ago.
He has since competed in both men’s doubles, alongside France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert, and the mixed at the 2019 Championships but he is not planning on doing the same this time around.
‘No, I hadn’t planned on it this time,’ Murray said when asked if he and Williams would reunite the Anglo-American pairing on Monday.
‘Singles is enough for me. Getting through singles matches has proved tough enough the last year or so. So I’ll stick to singles this year.’
Murray arrived at the 15-minute media briefing with a croaky voice in part thanks to attending Scotland’s 0-0 draw with England at Euro 2020.
‘With the voice, I think it is a combination of the game the other night and the family sort of all had a bit of a throaty issue over the last few days as well,’ he added. ‘So I think combination of the two.’
Preparation will now turn to preparation for the grass-court Slam. He decided against taking a wildcard at Eastbourne and will carefully monitor the load on his body in order to give him the best chance of doing well at Wimbledon.
‘So, in the build-up to Queen’s I was doing like one hard day, one light day,’ said Murray, 34. ‘That is what the plan is to do this week as well.
‘Practise with Cilic today hopefully at Queen’s – provided the rain stays off for a little bit. Try and play like a couple of sets. Then tomorrow, do less moving and do more specific work.
‘And then Wednesday again play sets. Probably, I’ll take one day off between now and the start of the tournament but that’s the plan this week: one hard day, one easy day, try and play as many sets as I can in the build-up.’
While Murray will no doubt have the whole of Centre Court behind him when he emerges onto the grass next week but he’s not sure if his family will be roaring him on at the venue.
‘I’m not sure exactly what the deal is with that option…I am not sure if it is appropriate for kids and there is not anywhere for them to hang out,’ said Murray.
‘Usually when the player lounge is open, they have a crèche and things for the kids. I’m not sure if that’s the case this year or not.
‘I’m not sure if they are coming to watch. Maybe my parents will come along. But Kim and the kids, I’m not sure.’
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