Andy Murray is ready to face Serena Williams in a specially organised charity match, according to reports.
The Wimbledon champion, who is a huge admirer of Williams’ game, could be set to face the legendary female tennis player after a humorous Twitter exchange brought up the suggestion, per Mike Dickson of the Daily Mail:
Negotiations between their representatives are likely to take place over the next month and the two Grand Slam champions may discuss it in person, as they will be training near each other in Florida over the coming weeks.
Murray was recently forced to undergo keyhole surgery on a spinal disc—per Simon Briggs of the Daily Telegraph—and is likely to return at this month's Dream Cup in Barbados, as noted in an alternative Dickson report.
The Scottish star has begun hitting balls again and appears set to do battle with one of the sport’s all-time greats in an exhibition encounter that would benefit both players’ charities, per Dickson’s article.
A potential arrangement was originally joked about during this year’s Wimbledon championships. One of Williams’ Twitter followers suggested the 32-year-old could challenge Murray on grass, an assertion the six-time world No. 1 quickly denied:
"I doubt I’d win a point but that would be fun," Williams said.
It is suggested some kind of handicap would be put in place to ensure a fair match. Williams may be allowed to hit into the tramlines to compensate for Murray’s power and to guarantee the Las Vegas crowd get their money’s worth.
Such an odd encounter follows on from Mo Farah’s decision to challenge Usain Bolt to a charity race. The long-distance runner, who captured two gold medals at the 2012 London Olympic Games, is still trying to settle a date with the Jamaican sprinter, per ESPN.
Murray’s potential showdown with Williams would take part between Wimbledon and the run of American hard-court competitions, Dickson states.
The Glasgow-born idol is also preparing another charity event in his homeland to give local supporters an opportunity to see him play live.
With interest in Murray's career heightened after his Wimbledon triumph, it's pleasing to see the humble player giving back to a sport that has provided him with an opportunity to star.