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Serena Williams, a seven-time Wimbledon champion, will return to the grass courts of SW19 later this month after being given a wild card entrance to probably the most famous tennis tournament in the world.
According to a Wimbledon statement made Tuesday, Williams will compete in the women’s singles event.
“SW and SW19,” Williams said on Instagram on Tuesday, teasing the highly awaited news. “It’s time for a date. See you in 2022.” SW19 is a postcode area in Southwest London that includes Wimbledon and a number of other boroughs.
Her Instagram photo showed her standing on a grass court wearing white sneakers.
Williams hasn’t competed since retiring from a first-round match at Wimbledon last year due to injuries.
Williams, a 23-time major champion, last competed in the Wimbledon final in 2019, losing to Simona Halep, who is currently coached by Williams’ former coach Patrick Mouratoglou.
Williams will first return to the court next week in Eastbourne for the LTA’s Rothesay International, where she will compete in the doubles event alongside Tunisia’s world No. 4 Ons Jabeur, in what will be her first competitive appearance in almost a year, according to the tournament.
Serena Williams, widely regarded as the GOAT of women’s tennis, says she’s still striving to break Margaret Court’s 24-grand slam record.
Following the advice of her medical staff, Williams was forced to withdraw from the Australian Open in January, stating in December that she was “not where I need to be physically to participate.”
Wimbledon is scheduled to hold at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club from June 27 to July 10.