Former world number one tennis player Serena Williams has received an invitation to Wimbledon and will return after a year’s break in doubles at the Eastbourne International.
Serena, 40, hasn’t played on the tennis circuit since her first-round elimination due to injury at Wimbledon last year, but the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) announced she is one of six women to receive invitations to the London Grand Was one. Slam.
Before that, she will join world number four Ons Jabeur for the Eastbourne doubles event starting this weekend.
“SW and SW19. It’s a date. See you there 2022,” Serena Williams wrote on Instagram on Tuesday, referring to the AELTC zip code.
The UK Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has confirmed that the 23-time Grand Slam champion and Jabur are in the doubles category in Eastbourne. But they should not play till Tuesday.
“I am excited to return to the Rothesay International tournament in England and be back on the grass – a surface that has been great throughout my career,” Serena said in a statement.
The American, now ranked 1,208 in the world, has won Wimbledon seven times in his career. Wimbledon starts on 27 June.