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Nick Kyrgios reacts to Venus Williams wanting him as a doubles partner

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Venus Williams has surprisingly revealed that her dream doubles partner would be controversial Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios.

Speaking at the 2017 WTA Tour Finals tournament in Singapore, she was probed for her dream doubles partner by a reporter.

She responded: “I don’t know, I think it’d be fun to play with Nick Kyrgios.”

Nick Kyrgios continued the exchange on social media and appeared to be keen on the idea.

“Thankssssss legend,” Kyrgios returned, followed by a couple of emojis.

Venus hasn’t played mixed doubles since 2006.

She played with legendary doubles player Mike Bryan, half of the record-breaking Bryan brothers, who have won 27 Grand Slam doubles titles between them as well as a gold medal at London 2012 and a Davis Cup.

They also finished runner-up at Wimbledon.

Venus, famously, has favoured to predominantly play doubles with her sister Serena.

BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global - Day 5

Together they have won every Grand Slam title, 14 in all, with their first coming at the French Open in 1999. The most recent of her titles with Serena came at last year’s Wimbledon.

She has won two mixed doubles Grand Slam events, both in 1998 with fellow American Justin Gimelstob.

In the 1998 French Open, with Gimelstob, she defeated sister Serena Williams and Argentine Luis Lobo.

The illustrious American has appeared in 16 Grand Slam singles finals, nine of which against her sister, winning two.

BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global - Day 5

Between the 2001 US Open and 2003 Australian Open, she appeared in seven Grand Slam finals with Serena, either partnering her or facing her in singles competition.

This included four successive Grand Slam singles finals against Serena between the 2002 French and 2003 Australian Opens.

In comparison, Nick Kyrgios has reached just two Grand Slam quarter-finals: the 2015 Australian Open (losing to Andy Murray) and the 2014 Wimbledon Championships (losing to Milos Raonic).

In 2015, he became the first teenager in a quarter of a century to make the Australian Open quarter finals.

At just the age of 22, Kyrgios regularly plays in doubles competition, making the third round of the US Open doubles in 2016.

Unfortunately, he has become more renown for his on-court antics, most recently of which was simply walking off court in a first round match of the 2017 Shanghai Masters against Steve Johnson.

He was fined $10,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct and stripped of his $21,000 plus prize money.

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