WIMBLEDON, England — How would Andy Murray fare against Serena Williams in a match? Well, the Wimbledon men’s No. 2 seed is game to find out.
On Tuesday, Murray received a tweet from “a fan” mocking his inferiority to the WTA’s No. 1. Murray gamely fired back:
On Thursday, Murray kept it up, saying he would be up to the challenge.
“I’ve never hit with her, but she’s obviously an incredible player and I think people would be interested to see the men play against the women to see how the styles match up,” he wrote in a column for BBC. “It’s happened in the past with Jimmy Connors and Martina Navratilova. How about Las Vegas as a venue?”
When asked about the challenge after her 6-3, 6-2 win over Caroline Garcia in the second round of Wimbledon, Williams wasn’t having it.
“Really?” Williams asked with a laugh. “He wants to play me? Is he sure? That would be fun. I doubt I’d win a point, but that would be fun. … He’s probably one of the top three people I definitely don’t want to play. But, yeah, maybe we can have a little bit of a showdown.”
Williams demanded some concessions to level the playing field.
“I get [the doubles] alleys. He gets no serves. I get alleys on my serves, too. He gets no legs, yeah,” she said.
But as for the surface of choice, Serena’s answer may surprise you. After initially picking indoor grass, she quickly stopped herself.
“I think I might go clay with him,” Williams said. “He loves grass. I do, too. But I’m going to definitely go clay.”
Agnieszka Radwanska, considered by some to be the Andy Murray of the WTA for her variety of shots and touch, played Williams in last year’s Wimbledon final. She said she’d be willing to queue for tickets to a Serena-Andy showdown.
“I would like to see that match, to be honest,” she said with a laugh. “I don’t know. I don’t know. If Serena will play her best tennis, I think Andy will be in a bit of trouble. But I’m still going for Andy.”