"I'm Retired In Doubles': Venus Williams Dismisses Playing Mixed Doubles With Opelka

"I'm Retired In Doubles': Venus Williams Dismisses Playing Mixed Doubles With Opelka

by Nurein Ahmed

Seven-time Grand Slam singles champion Venus Williams had a fun-filled Q&A session on her YouTube channel where she unequivocally called time on her doubles career.

Venus took plenty of questions from fans on various topics centered around tennis, her personal life, daily routine, relationship advice, and workout tips. Some of the questions that bubbled up were about her tournament schedule and potential mixed doubles partnership with fellow American and ATP player Reilly Opelka at the 2023 US Open.

Venus entertained the idea, drawing parallels between their game styles, but the US Open was currently not in her thoughts as she prepares to play at the WTA 1000 doubleheader in Montreal and Cincinnati. Venus will play her first match in Canada next week against Madison Keys.

But she laid to rest the idea of a doubles match of any kind, adding that she's retired in that fold. Venus had a fruitful career in doubles, winning a total of 14 Grand Slam doubles titles with her sister Serena Williams and two Grand Slams in mixed doubles.

"That’s a long way away. It’d be two big serves and that’d be a lot of fun but I think Reilly should focus on the singles. And I’m actually retired from doubles."

"I keep saying it and no one believes me but I’ve seen the mountaintop, played with the best, played with Serena and it doesn’t get much better than that. And as much as I’d love to play with lots of people, including one of my friends Reilly, I think I’ve done it all in doubles."

Venus was also quizzed on whether she would travel to Mexico later this year to play at the Guadalajara Open - a tournament the legendary American has not played before. While she admitted altitude conditions don't excite her, she'd consider it if she received an invite to play.

"I absolutely want to go, but there is altitude there, it's not my favorite thing to play in altitude, I will have to ask other players what is it like to play there. I love Mexico and hopefully, I'll be invited to play. So stay tuned, we'll see what happens."


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