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‘Never Say Never’- Months After Announcing Retirement From Doubles, Venus Williams Creates Buzz With a Cryptic Message About Wimbledon Mixed Game

Published 06/02/2023, 9:27 AM EDT

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Seven-time grand slam champion Venus Williams loves to interact with her fans. She likes to keep her followers updated on her activities and practice sessions on a regular basis through her social media handles. The fans, of course, eagerly wait to know the whereabouts of their favorite star, and what she is up to. Venus made an inspiring comeback to the court earlier this year at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand. She won her first competitive singles match in a year and a half when she overcame compatriot Katie Volynets in the opening round of the tournament, before falling short to Lin Zhu of China in the following round.

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However, her injury woes continued as she was forced to withdraw from this year’s Australian Open, where she was slated to participate as a wild card entrant. She has been out of the tour ever since. But now, with Wimbledon knocking on the door, the elder Williams has kept all her fans and the tennis world guessing about a possible mixed-doubles appearance at the All England Club.

Venus Williams updates fans on a possible return to mixed-doubles action at Wimbledon


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In her latest Q&A session with fans, which she conducts from her fashion brand EleVen’s Instagram page, the 5-time Wimbledon singles winner shared her thoughts on the possibility of returning to mixed doubles action. She was asked by a follower whether she intends to play mixed doubles at the upcoming Wimbledon or not.

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While answering this on an Instagram story, she said, “I guess never say never, because when I enter mixed it’s kind of a big surprise.. But yes, I’m retired from doubles.” 


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This has certainly given a flicker of hope to her fans, who wish to see her in action on the biggest stage again.

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The Williams sisters paired up together for one last time at last year’s US Open, which marked the valediction of Serena Williams from the sport. After her sister’s emotional farewell, Venus announced her retirement from doubles. But with Venus’ recent remarks, we can probably ‘never say never’.

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The former world number 1 will be making a return to competitive tennis after 5 months of absence at the Libema Open in the Netherlands starting June 12. Currently ranked 701 in the WTA rankings, she has been given a wild card spot at the tournament. It will be exciting to see her back in action on a grass court, a surface where she has been the most successful in her career. Although she will not be eligible for direct entry at Wimbledon due to her rankings, it wouldn’t be surprising at all if she gets a wild card entry at the All England Club, a place where she has lifted the women’s singles championship trophy 5 times.


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With Venus teaming up with Jamie Murray for an appearance at the mixed doubles event of Wimbledon 2022, we certainly cannot rule out such a surprise as far as this year is concerned. Do you think Venus Williams will play mixed doubles at this year’s Wimbledon? Let us know in the comments.

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Prithviraj Roy

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Prithviraj Roy is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. With an academic background in Journalism & Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), he has more than 2 years of experience as a Content Writer. Prithviraj has been a die-hard fan of the 'King of Clay' Rafael Nadal since his childhood years.

Edited By: Arijit Saha