Serena Williams confirms she WILL play at Wimbledon this summer
See you at Wimbledon, Serena! 23-time Grand Slam winner Williams clears all doubts about her London entry by confirming she WILL perform at grass-court Slam
- Twenty-three times Grand Slam winner Serena Williams plays at Wimbledon
- She wasn’t on the list of participants and there were question marks around her
- She posted a photo on Instagram on Tuesday in which she claimed that she is going to London
- Williams has not played competitive tennis since he lost at Wimbledon last year
Serena Williams has confirmed she will play at the Wimbledon Championships in London this summer.
The 40-year-old was subject to fierce speculation about her future when news broke in April that she had split with longtime coach Patrick Mouratoglou, who had been cleared to team up with rival Simona Halep.
Williams quickly wanted to stop talking that she was retiring for that reason and the 23-time Grand Slam champion took it a step further on Tuesday by sharing a photo on Instagram of her trainers on a lawn.
The caption to the photo read: ‘SW and SW19. It is a date. 2022 Goodbye. Let’s. To go. #renasarmy’
Fans were concerned that they might not see her play at the US Open until this summer after her name was not included on the entry list.
But her “date” comment on Instagram suggests she’s getting a wild card from the All England Club to make her long-awaited return.
Her statement that she will play in what will be her last attempt to match Margaret Court’s record of 24 Slam titles comes as a big boost as she has yet to play in 2022.
Former world No. 1 Williams has not played competitive tennis since she injured her leg in the first round at Wimbledon last year when she was defeated by Aliaksandra Sasnovich, who had to retire after just six games injured.
Serena Williams posted a photo of her Nike trainers on grass on Tuesday as she confirmed she will return to court at Wimbledon later this month
Williams has not played competitive tennis since she was in tears after withdrawing injured from Wimbledon in 2021, just six games into a first round match with Aliaksandra Sasnovich
Williams has won seven singles titles at Wimbledon and was increasingly expected to delay her 2022 comeback until the tennis calendar flipped to the All England Club Slam.
Williams spoke alongside Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers at a Bitcoin conference in Miami in April, trying to reassure fans that she still planned to play at another major tournament.
“I’m backstage at a Bitcoin conference in Miami with Aaron Rodgers here. We talked about my comeback and he got me excited and ready for Wimbledon. I can not wait!’ she said.
Rodgers joked that he was Williams’ ‘hype man’ before pretending to be shocked by the news: ‘Wimbledon? What about the US Open?’
Williams replies: ‘Wimbledon is for the US Open! I have to play Wimbledon first!’
Williams silenced rumors she could be retiring after teasing a Wimbledon return alongside NFL star Aaron Rodgers (right) at a Bitcoin event in April
After entering her 40s, Williams has many factors that come into play outside of tennis as she thinks about her future.
Williams – whose story is featured in the Oscar-winning film King Richard – gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia in 2017 and is married to Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, whom she married in 2016.
Widely regarded as the greatest female tennis player of all time, her last Grand Slam came in 2017 at the Australian Open, just before giving birth to Olympia. She won the competition seven times.
She has also won Wimbledon seven times, the US Open six and the French Open three times.
Williams is desperate to match Court’s record of 24 Grand Slams after stumbling in her last four Major finals.
She was defeated by Angelique Kerber in the 2018 Wimbledon final, lost to Naomi Osaka in the 2018 US Open final, lost to Simona Halep in the 2019 Wimbledon final, before losing to Bianca Andreescu in the US Open final of 2019.
In 2019 Williams (right) came second to Simona Halep (left) at Wimbledon, while the Romanian is now teaming up with her longtime coach Patrick Mouratoglou
She is married to Reddit founder Alex Ohanian (left). The couple have a daughter together named Olympia who was born in 2017. Pictured: The couple together at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party