Serena Williams to play doubles with top-5 player in Eastbourne

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Serena Williams to play doubles with top-5 player in Eastbourne

23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams will make her long-awaited comeback next week in Eastbourne when she teams up with fourth-ranked Ons Jabeur for the doubles event. Williams, 40, hasn't played since retiring her Wimbledon first round match 12 months ago.

On Tuesday, it was announced Williams would play this grass season. “I am excited to return to the Rothesay International tournament in England and to be back on the grass - a surface that has been so good to me throughout my career.

Eastbourne has a unique charm that you don’t see anywhere else on Tour and I’m looking forward to playing in front of the fans again," Williams said in a statement.

The Eastbourne organizers thrilled to have Williams

After being sidelined for the past 12 months, Williams has decided to return to competitive action.

“On behalf of everyone at the LTA we are delighted to warmly welcome Serena back to the Rothesay International and the fabulous setting of Devonshire Park, Eastbourne. This year’s line-up is proving absolutely stellar, where having Serena here will be the icing on the cake and personally, I’m sure I speak for many in that we can’t wait to see her play again," Eastbourne tournament director Gavin Fletcher said.

After Eastbourne, Williams plans to play Wimbledon. On Tuesday, Williams shared an Instagram post that has since gone viral. "SW and SW19. It’s a date. 2022 See you there. Let’s Go," Williams wrote on Instagram.

Williams is one of the greatest champions the game has ever seen and Wimbledon has always been a great place for her. At Wimbledon, Williams has seven titles. Williams captured her first Wimbledon title in 2002, before lifting her seventh title at The Championships in 2016.

It will be interesting to see how Williams does at Wimbledon this year as she seemingly hasn't given up on her hope of beating Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slams.