Andy Murray vs. Serena Williams? A modern battle of the sexes in Vegas?
Yes, please. This must happen. Preferably soon.
Andy Murray, in a column he is writing for BBC.com during Wimbledon raised the tantalizing possibility, although he’s sadly a little less in-your-face than Bobby Riggs when he challenged Billie Jean King way back when. And a little less snarky than Jimmy Connors before he played Martina Navratilova.
Williams, for her part, seems game for a match with Murray.
“Playing at Grand Slams takes its toll because of the five-set matches; you have to do more training to play for five sets, which then shortens your career,” Murray wrote.
“Playing for three sets requires a different sort of fitness — you don’t really need the endurance; you just need to be quick and explosive for two or two and a half hours, whereas the endurance aspect comes into it in the best-of-five-set matches. But it’s always been best-of-five in the Slams, and I don’t mind that — I’m used to it now.
“That isn’t an argument about men’s and women’s tennis, by the way, although I have been challenged by someone on Twitter to taking on Serena Williams. I’d be up for it, why not?
“I’ve never hit with her, but she’s obviously an incredible player and I think people would be interested to see the men play against the women to see how the styles match up. It’s happened in the past with Jimmy Connors and Martina Navratilova. How about Las Vegas as a venue?”
Williams’s reaction? She was modest, but intrigued. “It would be fun, but I doubt I’d win a point.”
Murray is “probably one of the top three people I definitely don’t want to play,” she said (via the Daily Mail). But, yeah, maybe we can have a little bit of a showdown. That would be fine.”
There’s plenty of precedent for this. Riggs played and beat Margaret Court before, in the celebrated 1973 match in the Astrodome, he lost to King. In 1992, Connors beat Navratilova in a Vegas showdown.