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United States’ Serena Williams returns to Italy’s Giulia Gatto-Monticone in a Women’s singles match during day two of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
United States’ Serena Williams returns to Italy’s Giulia Gatto-Monticone in a Women’s singles match during day two of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)|Associated Press
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Wimbledon: Serena Williams and Andy Murray to team for mixed doubles 

Two of the game’s biggest stars are sure to draw attention to one of the lesser-watched events.

Associated Press

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — This is quite a pair: Serena Williams is teaming up with Andy Murray for mixed doubles at Wimbledon.

Murray's agent, Matt Gentry, said Tuesday night that the two Grand Slam champions will be partners at the All England Club.

The deadline for signing up for mixed doubles at the tournament is Wednesday morning.

They are sure to draw plenty of attention, much more than mixed doubles normally attracts, and fill the stands — whenever and wherever their first-round match is played.

Williams, of course, is one of the most successful and famous athletes in history, someone who has transcended her sport as a global icon while winning 23 major singles championships, along with another 14 in women's doubles with her older sister, Venus. There are even a couple of mixed doubles titles on her resume, with Max Mirnyi at both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, all the way back in 1998.

Murray, meanwhile, is one of Britain's biggest sports stars, forever known as the person who ended the locals' 77-year wait for a homegrown men's singles champion at the All England Club.

In addition to that 2013 triumph, he won Wimbledon again in 2016, plus the U.S. Open in 2012, along with being the only tennis player to win two consecutive Olympic gold medals in singles.

He is limited to playing doubles at the moment as he returns from an operation for a hip replacement. Murray announced at the Australian Open in January that he thought he would need to retire this season because of pain in an already surgically repaired hip.

But following a second procedure shortly thereafter, he decided to make a comeback. Murray won the doubles title at the first tournament of his return, last month at Queen's Club with Feliciano Lopez.

Murray is entered in men's doubles at Wimbledon with Pierre-Hugues Herbert.