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Venus Williams returning to Wimbledon in mixed doubles

Victoria Chiesa | June 29, 2022


She was spotted on the practice courts at the All-England Club last week, and now, Venus Williams is back in a Wimbledon draw. The seven-time Grand Slam singles champion will play mixed doubles at this year's event with Great Britain's Jamie Murray.

 

The pair, both major-winners in doubles, were awarded a wild card into the main draw, which was released on Wednesday. The mixed doubles event begins on Friday, July 1, and the pair will face Poland's Alicja Rosolska and New Zealand's Michael Venus in the first round.

Venus at the All-England Club. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images.

The 42-year-old Williams won the Australian Open and French Open in mixed doubles in 1998. She also won Olympic silver with Rajeev Ram at the 2016 Olympics, and partnered Bob Bryan to make the Wimbledon final in 2006.

 

Murray, the elder of the two Murray brothers, has been ranked No. 1 and won seven Grand Slams in doubles, including five in mixed. At his home major, he won in 2007 with Jelena Jankovic and in 2017 with Martina Hingis, and he also won three consecutive titles at the US Open, first with Hingis (2017) and then back-to-back with Bethanie Mattek-Sands (2018-19).

 

Williams last competed at the WTA event in Chicago in August, and she last played a major 12 months ago at Wimbledon. She also played in a high-profile mixed doubles team then; she and Nick Kyrgios reached the second round before the Aussie was forced to withdraw from the event with an injury.

 

With Venus' appearance, this Wimbledon has been the Williams sisters' comeback Grand Slam: last week, Serena made her competitive return in doubles with world No. 2 Ons Jabeur last week in Eastbourne, and took a singles wild card into the Championships.

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