Serena Williams set for sensational return to Wimbledon as she confirms ‘it’s a date’

Serena Williams 2016 Wimbledon champion

It has been one of the best kept secrets in tennis in recent years, but Serena Williams has confirmed that she will play at Wimbledon this year.

The 23-time Grand Slam winner has not played any competitive tennis since last year’s Championships when she slipped during her first-round match at SW19 and picked up a serious leg injury.

Following her lengthy absence from the WTA Tour, the tennis great was not on the Wimbledon entry list as she has slipped to outside the top 1,000 in the WTA Rankings.

There have also been question marks in recent months about whether or she would retire as she had given no indication if she would play at all in 2022.

But on Tuesday she confirmed on Instagram that she will play at Wimbledon with reports saying she will also feature at Eastbourne next week.

She teased fans with the caption: “SW and SW19. It’s a date. 2022 See you there. Let’s Go #renasarmy.”

Williams, a seven-time champion at SW19, will go straight into the main draw for Wimbledon as she has likely received a wildcard entry from the All England Tennis Club.

The last of her seven titles came in 2016 when she defeated Angelique Kerber in the final, but she didn’t defend her title the following year as she was on maternity leave. After returning in 2018, she reached the final, but finished runner-up to Kerber while she was also beaten in the 2019 final, this time by Simona Halep.