Serena Williams invited to Wimbledon

It was an Instagram post, published at midday on Tuesday, which had begun to reveal the secret in a few words and a photo. The words : “SW and SW19 (the Wimbledon postcode). It’s a date. 2022 See you there. Let’s Go #renasarmy » The photo: two feet with strapped ankles, shod in Nikes, themselves posed on a lawn flooded with sunlight.

This is how Serena Williams announced her return to competition on Tuesday, she who has not been seen on the circuit since June 29, 2021 and her retirement at 3-3 in the first set of her first round of Wimbledon, against the Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich, following a fall which caused a leg injury.

A few hours later, around 4 p.m. French time, the confirmation of his comeback came first with the formalization of a wild card for the doubles event at the WTA 500 tournament in Eastbourne, which takes place next week and that she will compete with the Tunisian Ons Jabeur, world n°4. Then by the publication of the first invitations for the Wimbledon singles, which also included his name, like those of some British players but also those of the Swiss Stan Wawrinka and the Dutchman Tim Van Rijthoven, recent surprise winner of the ‘s-Hertogenbosch tournament.

“I can’t wait to play in front of the fans again”
Serena Williams

At 40 years and eight months, Serena Williams is therefore not finished with her fabulous career, which has already brought her 23 Grand Slam titles in singles, 16 in doubles, and four Olympic gold medals. Today ranked 1208th in the world, Serena Williams will however disappear from the WTA singles ranking, at the end of the next edition of Wimbledon…

His reappearance in competition will be one of the highlights of a very special 2022 edition of Wimbledon, for which Russians and Belarusians will be banned from participating, due to the conflict in Ukraine. In reaction to this decision by the Wimbledon organizers to ban participants because of their nationality, no ATP or WTA points will be distributed at the end of the tournament, but this is obviously not something that was likely to change anything. either in the plans of Serena Williams.

“I am delighted to return to Eastbourne and be back on grass, a surface that has served me so well throughout my career.commented the former world number one on the official website of the tournament. Eastbourne has a unique charm that you can’t find anywhere else on the circuit and I can’t wait to play in front of the fans again. »

His twentieth Wimbledon, 24 years after the first!

Tournament Director Gavin Fletcher added: On behalf of all LTA members (the British federation), we are delighted to welcome Serena back to the fabulous setting of Devonshire Park, Eastbourne. This year’s program is absolutely exceptional, and Serena’s presence will be the icing on the cake. Personally, I’m sure I speak for a lot of people who can’t wait to see her play again. »

All eyes will be on Serena Williams next week. It will only be a double, of course, but how will it move? How will she strike? It will be a great opportunity to gather first impressions, so that you can imagine what she will be capable of the following week, at Wimbledon, where she won seven times, but it was almost in another life, in 2002, 2003 , 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2016. This will be his twentieth appearance at Wimbledon, twenty-four years after his first appearance in 1998 (loss in the third round against the Spanish Virginia Ruano Pascual). Eternal Serena Williams.

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