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Venus Williams poised to make Wimbledon return in mixed doubles

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Venus Williams is poised to return to Wimbledon, with the five-time singles winner set to play in the mixed doubles event with Jamie Murray.

The 42-year-old requested a wild-card entry to play with the 36-year-old Murray, as first reported by The Times tennis correspondent Stuart Fraser. The entry is expected to be confirmed Wednesday.

Williams has won women’s doubles six times at Wimbledon and was a mixed doubles finalist in 2006. Last year, she played in the mixed doubles tournament at Wimbledon with Nick Kyrgios.

She made an appearance on site at the All England Club over the weekend but has not played on the WTA tour since the Chicago Open last August. She withdrew from the U.S. Open last year with a “persistent leg injury.”

A seven-time Grand Slam champion, Williams last made a singles final in 2017, when she made the finals at Wimbledon and the Australian Open.

She joins her sister Serena Williams in making a comeback at Wimbledon. Serena entered the singles draw as a wild card. She took the court Tuesday for her first singles match since a first-round exit at Wimbledon in 2021.