Britain's Andy Murray. Photograph:( AFP )
Andy Murray may have been rejected by Barty but he was flooded with offers from players past and present who want to partner up with him
Andy Murray returned after a five-month injury layoff in the doubles event at the Queen's Club Championship this week and to continue the momentum, he offered Australia's Ashleigh Barty to pair with him at this year's Wimbledon.
However, Barty rejected the opportunity as she is already playing singles and women's doubles.
Responding to Andy's story, French Open champion Ashleigh Barty admitted that her decision to turn down Murray's offer was "the hardest decision" she has ever had to make.
"I took some time to think about it, and playing three events is just a little bit too much. I was very flattered but said to him, 'I think there are some pretty good options out there for you'. I'm sure he'll find someone," Barty said.
Andy Murray may have been rejected by Barty but he was flooded with offers from players past and present who want to partner up with him.
"*Checks calendar* Available, and lacing up, @andy_murray," multiple Grand Slam champion Billie Jean King, 75, wrote on Twitter.
*Checks calendar*— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) June 21, 2019
Available, and lacing up, @andy_murray.🙋🏻♀️
Britain's Naomi Broady said, "I would totally ditch my own flesh and blood AKA Liam Broady to play with you #SORRYBRO."
Barty's former doubles partner CoCo Vandeweghe out due to injuries also offered to play with Murray.
"I'll come out of injury reserve for this. Sorry Ash Barty," Vandeweghe tweeted.
I’ll come out of injury reserve for this. Sorry @ashbar96 💁🏼♀️— CoCo Vandeweghe (@CoCoVandey) June 21, 2019
Barbora Strycova, ranked fourth in women's doubles, said she would not make the "same mistake" as her fellow peers.
"Hey, @andymurray I heard rumors that you got rejected by my fellow players a couple of times when finding a partner for mixed doubles in Wimbledon," she wrote on Instagram. "I swear I wouldn't do the same mistake like them."