(VIDEO) Murray and Raducanu unprecedented partnership: From rivals at Battle of the Brits to new partners at Wimbledon mixed doubles

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Wednesday, 03 July 2024 at 18:00
Former Grand Slam champions Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu have confirmed their participation in mixed doubles together at their home Grand Slam after receiving a wild card. The 21-year-old Raducanu was present in the team competition among British players representing England, while former world No. 1 Murray was on the Scottish team, where they faced off in mixed doubles.
The competition took place in 2020 during the Covid pause, and among the mixed doubles matches was the 3-time Grand Slam champion pairing up with former world No. 85 Jodie Burrage, facing the duo of Raducanu and former doubles world No. 1 Joe Salisbury. Raducanu and Salisbury won the tight match 4-6, 6-4, 10-8.

First-time partners in Wimbledon Mixed Doubles

At just 17, Raducanu was emerging as one of the most promising players of her generation. A year later, in 2021, she shone after receiving a singles wildcard at Wimbledon, reaching the fourth round, which was a precursor to her incredible run to her first Grand Slam title at the US Open, coming through the qualifiers without dropping a set in just her second main draw.
Former world No. 10 Raducanu made her Wimbledon debut by overcoming Mexico’s Renata Zarazua in the first round of singles 7-6(0), 6-3. Now, with the announcement of her participation in mixed doubles with Murray, she will appear in an official mixed doubles draw for the first time.
Meanwhile, Murray withdrew from singles as he was not in the physical condition to be competitive in a five-set match. The 3-time Grand Slam champion suffered a back injury at Queen’s Club Championships two weeks ago and underwent minor surgery. Though his recovery is not 100% complete, he opted to play in mixed doubles and men’s doubles with his brother, Jamie Murray.
Emma Raducanu at 2021 Wimbledon.
Emma Raducanu at 2021 Wimbledon.
Here you can find a record of the encounter between the two biggest heroes of recent British tennis, being their only Grand Slam champions since Virginia Wade in Wimbledon 1977:

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