Jamie Murray and Venus Williams team up for doubles
Scottish tennis ace Jamie Murray will team up with Venus Williams in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon.
The pair have requested a wild card from the All England Club after 42-year-old Williams confirmed her return to the venue.
She has not played on the tour since a first-round defeat at the Chicago Open last August, after which she withdrew from the US Open because of a “persistent leg injury”.
Williams, who has won five singles and six women’s doubles titles at Wimbledon, decided against participating in the singles draw.
Murray, 36, has won seven grand-slam doubles titles, including two in the Wimbledon mixed doubles, in 2007 with Jelena Jankovic and in 2017 with Martina Hingis.
While he tends to be overshadowed by his brother Andy, he is just one trophy short of overtaking Virginia Wade as Britain’s most successful player at grand slams in the open era.
He will be pairing once again with the Brazilian Bruno Soares to win his first Wimbledon men’s doubles title.
There has been speculation that Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray would team up, and she has spoken enthusiastically about the idea. However, it will not happen at this year’s tournament.
As Venus Williams prepares for her return to action, sister Serena was dumped out in the first round, losing a three-hour thriller to Wimbledon rookie Harmony Tan in three sets.
After a weak start that saw her lose the first set, 40-year-old Williams drew on her experience and guile to take the second. A see-saw third went to a Championship tie-break with her 24-year-old opponent emerging triumphant.
The 7-5 1-6 7-6 (10-7) victory for the Frenchwoman, ranked world number 115, was the culmination of a childhood dream.
“For my first Wimbledon it’s wow – just wow,” she said. “It’s a dream because I saw Serena on the TV when I was young. She’s a legend. When you play her, I was scared. I mean, I was scared when I was on the court, but really happy to be there.”
For seven-times Wimbledon singles champion Williams, this was an exhausting return to action. Now ranked 1,204th in the world, she entered the draw on a wild card after playing just two doubles matches in the last year.
With 24 Grand Slam titles she has been driven to overtake Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24, but questions are being asked if she will return to SW19. In the meantime, she hinted at an appearance at the US Open in August-September.