Andy Murray and Serena Williams are out of Wimbledon’s mixed doubles tournament.
Despite taking the second set, Murena - as christened by the latter - were beaten by the top seeds Bruno Soares and Nicole Melichar 3-6, 6-4, 2-6.
Although both incredibly proficient at singles - Williams will play her semifinal match against Barbora Strycova tomorrow - the pairing brought some fun to the doubles.
Indeed, there were a few chuckles heard around Court Two when Murray fell after trying to avoid a forehand to his chest, or when a ballboy inadvertently crashed into Soares when catching a high ball.
‘Was fun whilst it lasted!’
When the pairing was announced, many on social media were delighted to be able to see two of the greatest singles players come together, and this loss has people hoping to see them return again in the future.
Murena out 😭 Was fun whilst it lasted!
— Mazie Grille (@FedalAnyone) July 10, 2019
Awww, SerAndy Murena have been magnificent and given us such joy. Bad luck but bloody well done - come back together next year, please @andy_murray and @serenawilliams ❤️👏👏#Wimbledon https://t.co/o2NGA3HZM5
— 👑The Princess and the Pea 🇪🇺❄️ (@mrsspanner) July 10, 2019
Murray had been attempting to be the second man since Rod Laver to lift both the men’s singles and mixed doubles trophy at Wimbledon.
It seems unlikely that he will return to the singles circuit, as he implied he needed a greater time for recovery in the post-match interview.
The GB icon said: “I want to make sure the operation I had lasts for as long as possible, and to give it the best chance I need to be physically very strong before I get back on the singles court.”
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