World No. 4 Ons Jabeur said she was "over the moon" when Serena Williams offered her to play doubles together. On Tuesday, Williams announced she plans to make her long-awaited comeback next week on the grass courts of Eastbourne.
Williams, who hasn't played since retiring her Wimbledon first round match 12 months ago, will team up with Jabeur in Eastbourne. “Pretty excited to play doubles with Serena. When I got the news, I was over the moon, and it is such a privilege for me.
Very lucky that she picked me. Hopefully, we are going to have a great tournament and cannot wait to be in Eastbourne this year,” Jabeur said in a video.
Williams and Jabeur set to debut as a pair
“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. Williams will be making her third Eastbourne appearance next week.
Williams made her Eastbourne debut in 1998, before competing at the event for the second time in 2011. “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.
Williams and Jabeur will certainly draw lots of attention and their matches will feature a sold out crowd. It remains to be seen how far can Williams and Jabeur go in their team debut.