Wimbledon day two: Highlights from SW19
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Nick Kyrgios has joked that it was Venus Williams who first made it clear that she wanted to partner up with him for mixed doubles at Wimbledon. The mixed doubles at Wimbledon often throws up a few headline pairings with Andy Murray and Serena Williams competing together two years ago.
This year sees another blockbuster line up with Venus joining up with Kyrgios in what is set to be an entertaining pair.
The American tennis icon will be coming in with some certain expectations as well having won two mixed doubles Grand Slam titles in her career.
She was eliminated from the singles draw on Wednesday with the mixed doubles pairing with Kyrgios getting underway on Friday.
Williams admits that she is “looking forward to the experience” while Kyrgios has hyped up their pairing on social media.
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Now, with the two set to take to the courts together for the first time, Kyrgios has opened up on how the unusual pairing came about.
Kyrgios joked that it was his playing partner who first indicated that she wanted to make it happen.
And he went on to quip that he’s “willing to give her any tips she wants”.
“Well, let’s not get this twisted,” Kyrgios said.
“There was an interview that Venus took, and she got asked, Who would your dream doubles partner be? She said, Nick Kyrgios.
“Look, I’m willing to give her any tips she wants. No, no, no, I’m just kidding (laughter).
“She’s obviously a legend. To see her still gracing the courts of Wimbledon, winning matches at 41… At 41, I don’t think I’ll be able to honestly hit another ball. She’s a legend.
“We’ve been planning to play for a while now at Grand Slams. It just never worked out. I’m not sure how long she’ll play for, so before she kind of gives it up, I do want to experience playing with one of the Williams sisters in mixed doubles. Honestly that’s like a dream come true for me.
“They’ve been around for so, so long. I think it will be a bit of fun. I think we’re a bit of a danger pair as well if we serve well. The crowd will definitely get behind us. She’s a legend.
“Maybe she can teach me some of that calm, the water-type energy that’s out there.
“I’m just going to go out there and have fun. She’s an absolute legend of the sport. I’m super excited. I can tell she’s excited, too.
“I don’t think she ever thought back in the day she’d be playing mixed doubles with the bad boy of tennis, so we’ll see how it goes.”
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