SERENA WILLIAMS plans to end her tennis hiatus and play Wimbledon this month – at the age of 40.
Seven-time singles champion and 14.9 million Instagram followers, the seven-time champ, announced today that she will be playing at the 2022 Championships.
The Social media messageThe caption was accompanied with a photo of her in white Nike trainers on grass. “SW (Serena Williams) and SW19. It’s a date. See you there. Let’s go.”
Williams will be playing the Eastbourne International next Tuesday as a warmup for Wimbledon. She could also face Emma Raducanu (reigning US Open champion) in the main draw.
Williams tore her hamstring in tears on Centre Court during the first round 2021 Wimbledon tournament.
After six complete games of the set against Aliaksandra Sasnovich in Belarus, the American player was forced to quit and has not been competitive since.
In April, she teased that she could play at Wimbledon. She posted a video backstage at the Bitcoin conference in Miami along with Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers quarterback, and 2011 Super Bowl winner.
She said in the video: “We have been talking about my comeback, he has been hyping me up, and getting me ready for Wimbledon. So, I cannot wait. Exciting.”
Williams, who is currently ranked 1,208 worldwide due to inactivity in the last year, would need a wildcard in order to participate in the tournament which begins on June 27. However, that is unlikely given her status in the sport.
Chiefs of All England Club will announce the Wimbledon wildcard selections at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
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Her presence would help boost a tournament that lost its ranking points to the ATP Tours.
Williams’s 23rd and last major victory was the 2017 Australian Open – before she gave birth to daughter Olympia – and she has lost in four major finals since then.
She is only one major triumph away from equalling Margaret Court’s long-standing record of 24 singles Slams but it is unlikely she would be competitive after such a long break from the Tour.
One issue would be the involvement of coach Patrick Mouratoglou – would the Frenchman continue working with Williams now that he has joined forces with Simona Halep?
Williams won the singles final in southwest London, where Williams beat him famously in 2019.
Andy Murray, a Men’s tennis player, is racing against the clock to make it to Wimbledon. He pulled out of Queen’s after a new injury scare.