Andy Murray walked onto Practice Court 14 on Saturday at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden with a wide smile on his face, and it was not because of the practice itself. Waiting for him was WTA star and 2020 Roland Garros champion Iga Swiatek.
After winning her opening match at the BNP Paribas Open Friday, Swiatek joined the Tennis Channel desk, where she discussed the time she practised with Rafael Nadal. When asked who her dream hitting partner would be this week, she chose another former World No. 1.
“I would love to play with Andy Murray,” Swiatek said. “We actually had a little chat on Twitter, so maybe it’s going to be possible right now to finally play. He also seems like such a nice guy, a good sense of humour.”
That caught Murray’s attention, and later that evening he publicly invited her for a hit.
Swiatek practised earlier in the day, but she walked out to the court — where there was a sizable crowd and about a dozen photographers and videographers — to chat with Murray. After the Polish star spoke for a few minutes with Murray’s coach, Jamie Delgado, Murray arrived and promptly gave his colleague a fist bump.
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The pair spoke for a few minutes, with both laughing throughout the conversation. Murray then began his session to prepare for his second-round match against Carlos Alcaraz, and Swiatek departed to get ready for her clash against Veronika Kudermetova.