Serena Williams was invited to Wimbledon

This is an instagram post, published last day, Tuesday, that had started to reveal the secret in a few words and a photo. The words: «SW and SW19 (Wimbledon postal code). It’s an appointment. 2022 We see it down there. Tara #renasarmy » Photo: two feet on strapless boots, shoes in Nike, themselves posed on a sun-drenched lawn.

That’s how Serena Williams announced her return to competition on Tuesday, the one she hasn’t seen on the circuit since her June 29, 2021 as she lost 3-3 in the first set of her first round at Wimbledon, against Belarus Aliaksandra Sasnovich, following a fall that left jambe injury.

A few hours later, around 4pm, French time, the confirmation of his return is interrupted by the officialization of a wild card for the doubles test at the WTA 500 tournament in Eastbourne, which is taking place next week and that it will compete with Tunisian Ons Jabeur, No. 4 in the world. Then with the publication of the first invitations for the Wimbledon singles, which also featured his name, as well as those of a few British players but also those of Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka and Dutchman Tim Van Rijthoven, a number of surprise winners of the ‘s tournament.

“I want to play again in front of the fans”

At 40 years and eight months old, Serena Williams has not ended with her fabulous career, having already claimed 23 Grand Chelem titles in singles, 16 in doubles, and four Olympic gold medals. Today, ranked 1,208th in the world, Serena Williams, however, will be out of the WTA singles standings, at the end of the next edition of Wimbledon …

His reappearance in competition will be one of the tough times 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 after the tournament, but that is obviously not something that could change anything. either in the plans of Serena Williams.

“I am excited to return to Eastbourne and find the grass, a surface that I have enjoyed throughout my career.commented the former world number one on the official website of the tournament. Eastbourne is a strange charm that we can’t find anywhere else on the circuit and I want to play it again in front of the fans. »

Its twentieth Wimbledon, 24 years after the first!

Tournament director Gavin Fletcher added: “ On behalf of all members of the LTA (the british federation), we are invited to welcome new Serena in the fabulous setting of Devonshire Park, in Eastbourne. This year’s program is absolutely exceptional, with Serena’s presence being the cherry on the cake. Personally, I’m sure I’m speaking on behalf of a lot of people who wanted to see it play again. »

All eyes will be on Serena Williams next week. It will only be a double, of course, but how to fix it? How to beat her? The opportunity would be nice to collect the first impressions, in order to be able to imagine what she will be able to do next week, at Wimbledon, where she was imposed seven times, but it was almost in another life, in 20032, 2003 . Eternelle Serena Williams.

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