American Venus Williams will team up with Australian Nick Kyrgios to play mixed doubles at Wimbledon, starting Monday.
Winner of 13 Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles and mixed doubles, the 41-year-old Venus has won five Wimbledon singles titles, most recently in 2008.
If the Venus-Kyrgios pair click on at Wimbledon this year, after a 23-year difference, the American will lift the mixed doubles trophy after winning the last of her two Grand Slam titles at the 1998 French Open.
Venus’s previous best result in mixed doubles at Wimbledon was a runner-up in 2006.
The 26-year-old Kyrgyos, on the other hand, has one of the biggest services in the ATP Tour and the furthest he went to Wimbledon, securing his last eight seats in 2014.
Four years ago, when asked who her dream partner in mixed doubles would be, Venus had said, “I don’t know, I think it would be fun to play with Nick Kyrgios.”
Kyrgios announced in a press conference before the tournament on Saturday that he will compete in the combination of mixed doubles here Wimbledon with the former number 1 in the world.
“The mixed doubles pair in the tournament,” Kyrgios said after the announcement.
In 1998, Venus won mixed doubles titles at the Australian Open and French Open, both with partner Justin Gimelstob. Her only other trip to the mixed doubles Grand Slam final came at Wimbledon 15 years ago, where she and Bob Brian met Vera Zvonareva and Andy Ram in straight sets.
Kyrgios last competed in mixed doubles with American Amanda Anisimova at last year’s Australian Open and before that with Desira Kravchik (USA) at Wimbledon in 2019.