Serena Williams hints at Wimbledon return this June following lengthy absence from competition

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Serena Williams’ long-awaited go back to tennis might can be found in the sport’s most distinguished competition. In an Instagram Live video with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Williams stated Thursday she “can’t wait” to return and meant doing so in Wimbledon. 

[Rodgers has been] “hyping me up and getting me ready for Wimbledon,” Williams stated. The 23-time Grand Slam winner then stated “I’ve got to play Wimbledon first” after Rodgers questioned whether she would play the United States Open in New York this year, which starts 2 months after Wimbledon.  

Rogers and Williams fulfilled at the Bitcoin 2022 conference in Miami, where both professional athletes — together with NFL receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and UFC heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou — are validated speakers. 

It’s been almost a year given that Williams contended expertly, and, coincidentally, her last match was at Wimbledon. Williams, presently ranked world No. 246, played Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the 2021 competition’s preliminary however retired early with an ankle injury. The injury held her out of the United States Open, and she ultimately missed out on both the Tokyo Olympics and Australian Open. 

Should Williams return for Wimbledon later on this summer season, she might need to complete without her long time coach, Patrick Mouratoglou. Mouratoglou revealed his brand-new position as full-time coach of world No. 20 Simona Halep on Thursday. In a declaration published to Twitter, Mouratoglou stated he spoke to Williams prior to making the “at least short-term” switch.

Williams is competing for a record 24th Gran Slam songs title however hasn’t won one given that the 2017 Australian Open. Wimbledon is a fantastic phase for a turn-around, however, as she won the grass-court competition 7 times and most just recently in 2016. 

Wimbledon 2022 is set for June 27-July 10 in London. 

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