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Venus confirms Serena will be the only Williams sister playing at Wimbledon 2022

The seven-time Grand Slam champion has not played since August last year and has not given any firm indication on when she will return to the tour

Venus Williams of the U.S. in action during her second round match against Tunisia's Ons Jabeur at Wimbledon in 2021 Venus Williams of the U.S. in action during her second round match against Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur at Wimbledon in 2021 Image Credit: AI / Reuters / Panoramic

Even as tennis universe went into a frenzy earlier this week when Serena Williams confirmed she will return to compete next week at Eastbourne, in the doubles, and then at Wimbledon, in singles, many fans have been wondering if she would be joined by older sister Venus for the Grand Slam that the sisters have won 12 times between themselves.

However, Venus, a five-time singles champion at the All England Club, confirmed on social media while answering a fan’s question that she will not be playing at Wimbledon this year.

“No I’m not playing but I’ll be watching, I’ll be watching Serena,” Williams said on Instagram when asked if she was going to be playing at SW 19.

When another fan told Venus he missed her and hopes to see her back on court soon, the American tennis star responded, “Thank you so much, I’ve been getting a lot of encouraging messages like this and I hope though that Serena playing at Wimbledon will help you with your Williams fix.”

The 42-year-old has not played a match since late August in Chicago, the last of nine events she competed in last year. Venus Williams ended the year with a 3-9 win/loss record and has now dropped to No 571 in the world rankings.

Despite her inactivity, Venus has not officially retired but it remains to be seen if and when she does return to the tour.

Given the nature of Serena’s sudden announcement, it would not surprise anyone if Venus did the same when ever she chooses to make a comeback.

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