Serena Williams is returning to Hologic WTA Tour action in a big way this grass-court season.
The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) announced on Tuesday that Williams will pair with singles World No.4 Ons Jabeur in doubles at the Rothesay International in Eastbourne, a WTA 500 grass-court event.
Wimbledon also announced their first wildcard recipients on Tuesday, and seven-time Wimbledon singles champion Williams has garnered one for the singles main draw.
Williams, who has an Open Era record of 23 Grand Slam singles titles and has also won 14 Grand Slam doubles titles, will be making her first appearance on tour in nearly a year at Eastbourne.
The Eastbourne appearance will also mark Williams’s first doubles event on tour since she made the 2020 Auckland final paired with good friend Caroline Wozniacki.
In her last match on tour, a “heartbroken” Williams was forced to retire with a leg injury in her Wimbledon first-round singles match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
But now Eastbourne will resume Williams’s sparkling professional career of over 25 years. Williams has won 73 WTA singles titles and 23 WTA doubles titles, and she has spent 319 weeks as World No.1 in singles and eight weeks as World No.1 in doubles.
Williams has particularly excelled at Wimbledon since her tournament debut in 1998, where she immediately won the mixed doubles title alongside Max Mirnyi.
The long-time former World No.1’s most recent Wimbledon singles title came in 2016 when she defeated Angelique Kerber for her staggering seventh singles crown. Recently, she has been a finalist in 2018 and 2019 as well.
Williams’s Wimbledon prowess greatly extends to women’s doubles as well. She and sister Venus are 6-0 in Wimbledon women’s doubles finals.