Serena Williams will play doubles at Eastbourne next week before entering Wimbledon on a wild card, it has been confirmed.
Williams dropped a major hint on her Instagram account earlier in the day that she would be playing grass court events in England this summer.
There were no details, though, leading to speculation about what her plans actually were, but the picture is now much clearer.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner has not played for a year now, but she will ease herself in playing doubles with Ons Jabeur at Eastbourne and then head to Wimbledon.
“The LTA is pleased to announce that tennis superstar Serena Williams is set to make her first tournament appearance in almost a year, when she will pair up with Tunisia’s world number four Ons Jabeur for the doubles event of the LTA’s Rothesay International at Eastbourne next week having received a wildcard,” the Lawn Tennis Association said in a statement.
Williams has not played competitively since last year's Wimbledon when she was forced to retire in the first round with injury.
“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,” Serena Williams said.
“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.”
Tournament Director Gavin Fletcher added: “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.”
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