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Andy Murray and Serena Williams will not team up at Wimbledon

Andy Murray and Serena Williams will not team up at Wimbledon
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Andy Murray will play singles at the All England Club for the first time since 2017.

Andy Murray will not be reprising his crowd-pleasing mixed doubles partnership with Serena Williams at Wimbledon.

Murray and Williams reached the third round two years ago in a double act that created attention around the world, with the Scot also playing in the men's doubles with Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

This year Murray will be playing singles at the All England Club for the first time since 2017, and is focusing all his attention on that competition.

He said: "Singles is enough for me. Getting through singles matches has proved tough enough the last year or so. So I'll stick to singles this year."

The 34-year-old has had a succession of niggling injury issues since recovering from the hip resurfacing surgery he underwent two and a half years ago.

He played his first singles matches since March at Queen's Club last week, beating Benoit Paire before losing to eventual champion Matteo Berrettini.

Murray is still experiencing some discomfort from a groin problem he picked up in his sleep in March but he has been gradually increasing his training and was due to practise with former US Open champion Marin Cilic on Monday.

Andy Murray won his first singles match since March at Queen's Club
Andy Murray won his first singles match since March at Queen's Club (John Walton/PA)

He said: "In the build-up to Queen's I was doing one hard day, one light day. That is what the plan is to do this week as well.

"Practise with Cilic today hopefully at Queen's, try and play a couple of sets. Then tomorrow, do less moving and do more specific work. And then Wednesday again play sets.

"Probably I'll take one day off between now and the start of the tournament but that's the plan this week: one hard day, one easy day, try and play as many sets as I can in the build-up."

Murray went back home after losing at Queen's to spend time with his family before checking into the bubble for Wimbledon, where players must stay in city centre hotels.

The three-time grand slam champion was also at Wembley on Friday for Scotland's European Championship clash with England and was left with a very croaky voice on Monday morning.

"I think it is a combination of the game the other night and the family all had a bit of a throaty issue over the last few days as well," he said.

Murray is not yet sure whether wife Kim or any of their four children will be able to come to Wimbledon, saying: "I am not sure if it is appropriate for kids and there is not anywhere for them to hang out.

"Usually when the player lounge is open, they have a creche and things for the kids. I'm not sure if that's the case this year or not. Maybe my parents will come along. But Kim and the kids, I'm not sure."

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Sunday's key events


GOLF
· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

CYCLING - BMX
· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

SWIMMING
· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

TENNIS
· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

SAILING
· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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