May 16, 2024

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Venus Williams will play mixed doubles at Wimbledon with …

WIMBLEDON – Venus Williams has played one match since last year’s Wimbledon – a desultory 6-2, 6-3 loss to Hsieh Su-Wei at a small WTA 250 tournament in Chicago just before last year’s US Open.

Currently ranked No. 570, with no doubles ranking, the 42-year-old legend rocked up to the All-England Club and was on court practicing over the weekend.

The draws were long made for the singles and doubles draws, even if she had a mind to get a wild card.

But the sign-in for the mixed doubles is still open. And wild cards are to be disbursed.

And the winner is …

Open Court can reveal that not only is Williams planning to play mixed doubles, she’s also found herself a pretty good partner.

We’re told that Jamie Murray, who has five Grand Slam mixed doubles titles on his resumé, will team up with Williams.

Between the two of them, there certainly would be NO problem getting a wild card. 🙂

The American has two mixed doubles titles, both in 1998: the Australian Open and the French Open. She reached the quarterfinals at the US Open that year as well.

In an epic moment, Murray helped Jelena Jankovic get a major title when they won the Wimbledon mixed in 2007. Jankovic is expected back to play the legends this year.

Murray’s mixed doubles titles have come at Wimbledon (2007, 2017) and the US Open (three straight from 2017-19).

So between them, they have the career mixed Slam.

Williams also reached the Wimbledon mixed final all the way back in 2006 with Bob Bryan.

She and Nick Kygios teamed up last year to great fanfare – and won their first-round match; they then withdrew from the event.

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