Serena Williams is back on the tennis court! It’s been almost a year since the 40-year-old tennis champion last competed in a major tennis tournament – she withdrew from Wimbledon in 2021 after injuring her right leg during a match against Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
The injury followed Williams’ announcement that she won’t compete at the Tokyo Olympics, which were held in July and August. Then in December, the Australian Open’s Twitter account shared a statement from Williams, announcing her decision to withdraw from the January event on medical advice.
Now, the four-time Olympic gold medalist is hinting to fans that she will be back at Wimbledon this year to compete in the major tournament!
On Tuesday, Williams posted a photo of her sneaker-clad feet, which read, “SW and SW19. It’s a date. 2022 See you there. Let’s go #renasarmy.”
“SW” refers to the tennis pro’s initials while “SW19” indicates the postcode of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, where Wimbledon is played. Tennis tournament is starting from 27th June.
The post received encouragement from friends and fans, and William’s biggest fan – her husband Alexis Ohanian. The internet entrepreneur commented on the post with several clapping emojis and wrote, “LFG!”
Williams is a seven-time Wimbledon singles winner and a 23-time Grand Slam singles champion. And while fans haven’t seen her on professional courts in over a year, she has shown off her 4-year-old daughter Olympia Ohanian’s growing prowess on her social media accounts.
In April, Williams shared a video of herself and her “mini” taking each other on the tennis court. “Sometimes it’s my own mini,” Williams captioned the post.
In the video, Williams poses as the camera pans at Olympia. “Actually, it’s crazy,” the athlete says before hitting the ball, while Olympia swings and misses. Although she did not have the support of her rival, Olympia’s father was in the comments with added support.
“I refuse to believe @olympiaohanian missed out,” Ohanian wrote.
But during the appearance of May The Ellen DeGeneres ShowWilliams admitted that Olympia would not receive tennis lessons from her, leaving it to the child’s personal tennis coach. “I don’t have the patience to teach tennis,” she said. “I really don’t like playing with people who don’t know how to play tennis well. It drives me crazy.”
The good thing for Serena is that her daughter’s focus is not 100% on the game.
“Her ambition is playing the princess game,” King Richard Says the manufacturer. “She loves princess games and the more we can play with the princesses the more she has her whole life.”
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