Nick Kyrgios' major confession about link-up with Venus Williams

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Nick Kyrgios and Venus Williams, pictured here at an event in New York in 2018.
Nick Kyrgios and Venus Williams at an event in New York in 2018. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)

Nick Kyrgios has opened up about playing doubles at Wimbledon with Venus Williams, admitting it's his "dream come true."

Williams was eliminated from singles on Wednesday, but will play mixed doubles with Kyrgios later in the tournament.

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Still on a high after his opening-round win over Ugo Humbert on Wednesday, Kyrgios joked that he was even happy to give his legendary 41-year-old partner a few tennis tips.

Williams recently noted that she was open to giving him any advice he'd like.

When informed of this on Wednesday, Kyrgios turned the tables cheekily, responding: "Well, let's not get this twisted. There was an interview that Venus took, and she got asked, 'who would your dream doubles partner be?'

"She said, 'Nick Kyrgios'.

"So, look, I'm willing to give her any tips she wants."

Kyrgios broke into laughter and said: "No, no, no, I'm just kidding!'

"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.

"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."

Venus Williams and Nick Kyrgios, pictured here in action in singles at Wimbledon.
Venus Williams and Nick Kyrgios in action in singles at Wimbledon. Image: Getty

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Williams, a five-time singles champion who first appeared at Wimbledon in 1997, was beaten in the second round 6-0 7-5 by Tunisian Ons Jabeur.

Inevitably, the question was put to her about whether she'd be back in 2022.

"Of course. Who wouldn't want to be at Wimbledon? Lots of people want to be here," she said.

"When it's my last, I'll let you know."

Williams has also won six Wimbledon doubles titles with sister Serena.

Kyrgios has previously played mixed doubles with Amanda Anisimova at the Australian Open in 2020 and Desirae Krawczyk at Wimbledon in 2019.

with AAP

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