Murray, Serena to play mixed doubles at Wimbledon

Andy Murray has found a famous mixed doubles partner for Wimbledon.

Try Serena Williams.

Murray's team announced Tuesday night that Williams will pair up with Murray at the All England Club. The deadline to sign up for mixed doubles is Wednesday morning.

Murray recently returned to the court after major surgery on his right hip. The two-time Wimbledon champ isn't playing singles at the event but he is competing in doubles with France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert and now has an esteemed mixed doubles' partner.

Williams wasn't Murray's first choice as he recently asked Australia's Ashleigh Barty -- the world's No. 1 singles player in women's tennis -- about playing together and Barty declined the offer due to her workload.

Asked recently about Williams, Murray said, "Serena is obviously a brilliant player, has a great doubles record and is brilliant on grass, obviously. She's arguably the best player ever."

Williams won a singles match on Tuesday, then was bombarded with questions about Murray.

"His work ethic is just honestly off the charts," Williams said before Murray's announcement. "That's something I've always respected about him. His fitness, everything. To do what he's done in an era where there's so many other great male tennis players, so much competition, to rise above it, not many people have done it. He's actually one of the few.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Serena Williams (USA) during her match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone in their Ladies' Singles First Round match during Day 2 of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 2, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Serena Williams (USA) celebrates during her match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone in their Ladies' Singles First Round match during Day 2 of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 2, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Serena Williams (USA) celebrates during her match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone in their Ladies' Singles First Round match during Day 2 of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 2, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Serena Williams (USA) celebrates during her match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone in their Ladies' Singles First Round match during Day 2 of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 2, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)
US player Serena Williams holds the ball before serving to Italia's Giulia Gatto-Monticone during their women's singles first round match on the second day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2019. (Photo by GLYN KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Serena Williams (USA) celebrates during her match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone in their Ladies' Singles First Round match during Day 2 of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 2, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Serena Williams (USA) celebrates during her match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone in their Ladies' Singles First Round match during Day 2 of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 2, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Serena Williams (USA) celebrates during her match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone in their Ladies' Singles First Round match during Day 2 of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 2, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Serena Williams (USA) celebrates during her match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone in their Ladies' Singles First Round match during Day 2 of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 2, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)
US player Serena Williams smiles during her women's singles first round match against Italia's Giulia Gatto-Monticone on the second day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2019. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
US player Serena Williams covers her face during her women's singles first round match against Italia's Giulia Gatto-Monticone on the second day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2019. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
US player Serena Williams sits during her women's singles first round match against Italia's Giulia Gatto-Monticone on the second day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2019. (Photo by GLYN KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Serena Williams celebrates her win against Giulia Gatto-Monticone on day two of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)
US player Serena Williams (L) is congratulated by Italia's Giulia Gatto-Monticone after beating her during their women's singles first round match on the second day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2019. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
US player Serena Williams is congratulated by Italia's Giulia Gatto-Monticone after beating her during their women's singles first round match on the second day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2019. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
US player Serena Williams celebrates beating Italia's Giulia Gatto-Monticone during their women's singles first round match on the second day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2019. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Serena Williams celebrates her win against Giulia Gatto-Monticone on day two of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)
Serena Williams celebrates her win against Giulia Gatto-Monticone on day two of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)
US player Serena Williams celebrates beating Italia's Giulia Gatto-Monticone during their women's singles first round match on the second day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2019. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Serena Williams of The United States plays a forehand in her Ladies' Singles first round match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone of Italy during Day two of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 02, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Serena Williams of The United States celebrates victory in her Ladies' Singles first round match against Guilia Gatto-Monticone of Italy during Day two of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 02, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Serena Williams of The United States celebrates match point in her Ladies' Singles first round match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone of Italy during Day two of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 02, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
US player Serena Williams returns the ball to Italia's Giulia Gatto-Monticone during their women's singles first round match on the second day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2019. (Photo by GLYN KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Serena Williams during her match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone on day two of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Serena Williams of The United States reacts in her Ladies' Singles first round match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone of Italy during Day two of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 02, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Serena Williams of The United States plays a forehand in her Ladies' Singles first round match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone of Italy during Day two of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 02, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Serena Williams of The United States plays a backhand in her Ladies' Singles first round match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone of Italy during Day two of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 02, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Serena Williams of The United States prepares to return the ball in her Ladies' Singles first round match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone of Italy during Day two of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 02, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Serena Williams during her match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone on day two of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)
US player Serena Williams bounces the ball to serve to Italia's Giulia Gatto-Monticone during their women's singles first round match on the second day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2019. (Photo by GLYN KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
US player Serena Williams warms up before her women's singles first round match against Italia's Giulia Gatto-Monticone on the second day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2019. (Photo by GLYN KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
US player Serena Williams returns the ball to Italia's Giulia Gatto-Monticone during their women's singles first round match on the second day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2019. (Photo by GLYN KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
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"There's so many things to be admired. Above all, he really stands out, he really speaks up about women's issues, no matter what. You can tell he has a really strong woman in his life. I think, above all, that is just fantastic."

Shortly before the official announcement, Williams had strongly hinted the pairing was on the cards, saying: "If you guys really want it... all right, done."

The pair are now expected to play their first match together on Thursday.

Williams has won 23 singles titles and 14 doubles titles. She also won mixed doubles crowns at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 1998.

Murray, from Scotland, is highly popular on the Wimbledon grounds. His singles titles in London were in 2013 and 2016.

In January, Murray feared he might have played in his final tennis match and underwent surgery on a hip that had been repaired 12 months earlier.

His return resulted in a doubles championship as he and Spain's Feliciano Lopez won the crown at the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen's Club in London nine days ago.

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