Serena Williams to Play at Wimbledon

Serena Williams, absent from competitive tennis for nearly a year, said on Tuesday that she intends to return for Wimbledon, which begins on June 27.

She wins professional era-record 23 Grand Slam singles trophies, and is as big a star as tennis ever has seen.

She has not played a match in considerable pain with a right hamstring injury during the first round of Wimbledon last year against Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

She intends to return to the competition next week at the WTA event in Eastbourne, England. where she has received a wild card to play doubles with Ons Jabeur of Tunisia.

The British Lawn Tennis Association said in a statement confirming the wild card that their opening round matches before June 21.

Williams, clearly the leading women’s player of the 21st century, has not indicated whether this will be a farewell appearance or part of a farewell tour.

She has not competed since last August in Chicago and is not on the initial list of Wimbledon wild cards.

Venus Williams is No. 571. Serena Williams is No. 1,208, which explains why she required a wild card to gain entry to Wimbledon.