Madrid, Jun 14 (EFE).- Serena Williams is to return to competition at Eastbourne International ahead of Wimbledon, in which the US player will participate on a wild card.
It will be Williams’ first competitive appearance in a year following the injury she picked up in the first round of Wimbledon 2021.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion will team up with Tunisian world No.4 Ons Jabeur for the doubles competition on a wildcard, Eastbourne International organizers announced on Tuesday.
“I am excited to return to the Rothesay International tournament in England and to be back on the grass — a surface that has been so good to me throughout my career,” Williams, 40, said in a statement.
“Eastbourne has a unique charm that you don’t see anywhere else on Tour and I’m looking forward to playing in front of the fans again,” she added.
The tournament will serve Williams as a warm-up event for Wimbledon which included the former world No.1 on its wildcard list revealed on Tuesday.
“Our 7-time champion @serenawilliams will return to Wimbledon as a wild card this summer for her 21st appearance,” the season’s third Grand Slam event wrote on Twitter.
She will have another shot at her record-tying 24th Grand Slam, having failed to equal Margaret Court’s fate four times, in the finals of Wimbledon 2018 and 2019, and the US Open championship matches in 2018 and 2019.
Wimbledon is to get underway on June 27. EFE