The crowd-pleasing partnership of 42-year-old Venus Williams and British home favourite Jamie Murray will headline the mixed doubles at Wimbledon.

After Andy Murray and Serena Williams’ attention-grabbing run to the third round in 2019, this time it is the turn of their siblings.

Venus had said she would not be playing at Wimbledon this year but decided to follow her sister across the Atlantic and will bid to claim a first mixed doubles title at a grand slam for 24 years.

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Jamie Murray has won five slam mixed doubles titles, including two at Wimbledon – in 2007 with Jelena Jankovic and in 2017 with Martina Hingis.

They will take on New Zealand’s Michael Venus and Pole Alicja Rosolska in round one while former British No.1 Kyle Edmund partners fellow home player Olivia Nicholls against American duo Coco Gauff and Jack Sock.

Edmund has been sidelined since October 2020 with a knee problem that has proved stubbornly difficult to fix.

But this is an indication he is at last nearing full fitness ahead of a hopeful return to singles action later this summer.

Britain’s Neal Skupski and American Desirae Krawczyk, the defending champions, are the second seeds behind Ena Shibahara of Japan and Dutchman Jean-Julien Rojer.