Tennis world erupts over Venus Williams news at Wimbledon

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Venus Williams raised eyebrows after practising at Wimbledon before the grand slam tournament got underway. Pic: AAP
Venus Williams raised eyebrows after practising at Wimbledon before the grand slam tournament got underway. Pic: AAP

Tennis fans have taken to social media to share their excitement after Venus Williams made a last-minute wildcard request to play in the Wimbledon mixed doubles.

The five-time Wimbledon singles champion is set to team up with British doubles specialist, Jamie Murray, in a thrilling development for fans.

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Venus sent fans into a frenzy after making a shock appearance in the lead-up to the All England Club grand slam, however, she revealed that she was only there to watch little sister Serena play.

Unfortunately, Serena crashed out in the first round of the singles at SW19 on Tuesday after squandering a 4-0 lead in the third set tiebreak against France's Harmony Tan, before losing 7-5 1-6 7-6 (10/7).

While Venus has opted not to follow in the footsteps of her little sister by entering the singles draw, she is set to pair up with Murray for the first time.

Venus had not been expected to be at Wimbledon this year, with the 42-year-old announcing via Instagram earlier this year that she was not planning on competing at the All England club.

“No I’m not playing but I’ll be watching, I’ll be watching Serena," she wrote.

At 42, many fans thought they may have seen the last of Venus at a grand slam, until footage of her practising on the outside courts at the All England Club set tongues wagging.

Unsurprisingly, news of her plans to partner Murray in the mixed doubles has sent the tennis world into meltdown on social media.

Venus Williams and Jamie Murray set to link up

Williams and Murray are expected to be officially granted a wildcard spot when the list of entries are finalised at Wimbledon on Wednesday.

The draw is also set to take place later that day.

Venus and Jamie will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Serena and Andy Murray, who made it to the third round of the mixed doubles at Wimbledon in 2019.

Pictured left to right, tennis stars Jamie Murray and Venus Williams.
Jamie Murray and Venus Williams are expected to be granted a wildcard entry into the Wimbledon mixed doubles draw. Pic: Getty

Williams has been on an extended break from competitive tennis, having not played on tour since last August when she pulled out of the US Open with a leg injury.

Murray, 36, is a former World No.1 doubles player and two-time mixed doubles champion at Wimbledon, with his last triumph coming with Martina Hingis in 2017.

The Brit has also teamed up with Brazils' Bruno Soares in the men's doubles.

A title triumph in either of those events will see Murray surpass the British record for grand slam titles of seven that he shares with Virginia Wade.

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