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Venus Williams enters mixed-doubles at Wimbledon, partners with Jamie Murray

Watch out, tennis world: Venus Williams isn’t finished with Grand Slams just yet. 

The 42-year-old tennis veteran shocked fans earlier this week when she made an unexpected wild card request to appear in this year’s mixed doubles lineup at Wimbledon.

Williams chose a familiar family tennis swap as her doubles partner.

The five-time Wimbledon champion will take the courts with British player Jamie Murray, who is ranked No. 21 in the ATP’s doubles rankings.

Murray is the older brother of tennis star Andy Murray, who served as sister Serena Williams’ mixed doubles partner during Wimbledon in 2019. 

amie Murray of Great Britain plays a forehand during their Doubles match against John Peers of Australia and Filip Polášek of Slovakia during Day Four of the Rothesay International Eastbourne at Devonshire Park on June 21, 2022 in Eastbourne, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for LTA)
Venus will be partnering with Britain’s Jamie Murray for her mixed doubles matchup.
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Last year, Venus partnered with controversial Australian player Nick Kyrgios for mixed doubles before an injury to Kyrgios caused the pair to withdraw from their second-round match.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Nick Kyrgios of Australia interacts with Venus Williams of USA as they compete against Sabrina Santamaria and Austin Krajicek both of USA during their mixed doubles first round match on Day Five of The Championships - Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 02, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Kyrgios and Williams were victorious in their match against Sabrina Santamaria and Austin Krajicek during last year’s WImbledon lineup.
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Wimbledon will mark Williams’ first return to the center stage in nearly a year. Williams’ last appearance was at the Chicago Open in 2021, where she was the oldest athlete in the draw and lost in the first round to Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei.

Despite the long break and a persistent leg injury that has previously kept Williams off the courts, the mixed doubles pair is not to be underestimated, with both players each having two major mixed doubles titles under their belts. 

Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - June 28, 2022 Venus Williams of the U.S. is pictured in the stands with her mother ahead of the first round match between Serena Williams of the U.S. and France's Harmony Tan REUTERS/Matthew Childs
Despite previously assuring fans she’d only be at the games to cheer on Serena, Venus Williams will in fact be taking the court this year.
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Serena Williams faced an early exit from Wimbledon after her first-round loss to France’s Harmony Tan.

For fans of the Williams sisters who were disappointed by Serena’s short-lived Wimbledon run, Venus has given spectators something to look forward to at the All England Club.

The tennis duo is set to take on 44th-ranked Alicja Rosolska and 9th-ranked Michael Venus in the first round.

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