Australian superstar Nick Kyrgios has announced in his pre-tournament press conference on Saturday that he will be competing in the mixed doubles event at Wimbledon 2021 with the multiple Wimbledon Champion Venus Williams.
Back in 2017, Williams was asked who would be her dream mixed doubles partner would be, to which she replied: “I don’t know, I think it’d be fun to play with Nick Kyrgios.” And four years later, Williams’ wish has come true.
Earlier in the week, Kyrgios dropped some hints suggesting that he will be playing mixed doubles at SW19.
Kyrgios will be making a return to tennis court after 5 months. He last competed at the Australian Open where he lost to Dominic Thiem in a 5-set marathon. Kyrgios’ unorthodox playstyle and flamboyant personality is a treat for the fans and they will be treated with a double dose- in Singles as well as Doubles.
The Australian will face 25th seed Ugo Humbert in the first round of the singles event on Tuesday. He has competed in just one event after the resumption of tour in 2020. Thus, he has fallen to No.61 in the ATP Rankings.
Venus Williams- A six time Wimbledon doubles champion
While Nick Kyrgios is yet to win a grand slam- singles or doubles, Venus Williams is no newcomer to the big stage. Apart from being a 7-time singles grand slam champion, Venus is also a 14-times women’s doubles and 2-time mixed doubles champion.
Venus’ 6 out of those 14 doubles majors have come at the All England Club with her younger sister Serena Williams. They first won the title 21 years back in 2000 and their latest triumph at SW19 came in 2016.
Venus will have a chance to win her 17th career major in doubles with Kyrgios and the pair could be very lethal, given their unorthodox gameplay. As Kyrgios said, the duo could be “The mixed doubles pair of the tournament!”