Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams has accepted a wildcard into the Citi Open in Washington, the tournament announced on Thursday. Williams, 42, is now set to make her long-awaited singles return in the US capital.
Interestingly, former world No 1 Williams has no previous appearances on the hard courts of Washington.
Williams hasn't played a singles tournament since last year's August.
Seven Grand Slam singles titles. Olympic champion. Former world No.1. @WashKastles legend 🏆🥇🎾@Venuseswilliams begins her return to the tour in DC 😍
You don’t want to miss the chance to see this sports icon LIVE at #CitiOpen 👉 https://t.co/6pSNoJQuHi pic.twitter.com/8CI34vwHw4 — Citi Open (@CitiOpen) July 21, 2022
After being sidelined for 10 months, Williams made a surprise appearance at Wimbledon. Williams initially didn't plan to compete at Wimbledon but changed her mind after arriving to The All England Club. At Wimbledon, Williams took a mixed doubles wildcard with Jamie Murray and the two made the last-16 in their team debut.
Williams confirmed for Washington, Toronto
Just a day earlier, Williams was confirmed for Toronto. The expectation was that Williams would make her singles comeback in Toronto but now it has been revealed that the American is aiming to make her return in Washington.
The Washington events kicks off on August 1 and Williams certainly be one of the players that will draw attention at this year's tournament edition. After Washington, WIlliams will travel to Canada to compete in Toronto.
“I’m so excited to be back playing the National Bank Open presented by Rogers," Williams said. “I love the city, the tournament, and I look forward to being back in Toronto”. Last week, Serena Williams was confirmed for Toronto.
“We are thrilled to have both Venus and Serena playing the National Bank Open presented by Rogers this year,” Toronto Tournament Director Karl Hale said in a statement. “They have meant a great deal to our sport and having them at a tournament really puts a spark in everyone from the fans, tournament staff, and even the other players. They’re two of the greatest players in history and we look forward to hosting them in Toronto”.