A modern day Battle of the Sexes clash between Serena Williams and Andy Murray looks like it may come to fruition after both players expressed interest in playing a match that was first mooted by a follower of the Scotsman on Twitter.
“I’d be up for it, why not?” was Murray’s response to the tweet. Serena, the ladies #1, has also made positive comments about the proposed meet. “That would be fun. I doubt I’d win a point, but that would be fun.”
It wouldn’t be the first time Serena has played an exhibition against a male professional. She lost 6-1 in a challenge set to the German Karsten Braasch. However, she was only 16 years old at the time.
There have been a number of challenge matches between the sexes, perhaps the most famous being 55-year-old Bobby Riggs challenging Margaret Court and Billie Jean King to matches. He split the series, losing to King but defeating Court.
In 1992, Jimmy Connors defeated Martina Navratilova in a challenge match. In his recent book, Connors let slip he had one million dollars riding on a successful win.
If the match does happen, Murray has suggested Las Vegas as an appropriate venue.