Venus Williams joins Serena Williams at Top Seed Open, and insists she ‘really wants to play at US Open’
Venus Williams has signed up for the newly-launched Top Seed Open in Kentucky and insists she is eager to compete at the US Open “if it is safe to play”.
The seven-time Grand Slam winner will join sister Serena Williams and fellow American Sloane Stephens at the inaugural event on the hard courts of Lexington.
The Top Seed Open as well Prague Open in the Czech Republic, which will both take place from August 10-16, were late additions the WTA Tour calendar following the cancellation of the Canadian Open due to the coronavirus pandemic.
— Top Seed Tennis Club (@TopSeedTennisKY) July 20, 2020
Fellow Grand Slam winner Victoria Azarenka has also been confirmed for the Top Seed Open.
Meanwhile, Williams has also confirmed her intention to play at the US Open at Flushing Meadows, provided it is safe.
The hard-court Grand Slam is due to start on August 31, but storm clouds continue to loom over the event due to the strict health and safety protocols, and travel restrictions because of Covid-19.
“Right now a crowd would be dangerous,” she said during a Q&A session on her YouTube channel. “I really want to play tennis and go back to work like most people. I want to do what I do well. I don’t want to sit at home and not have that goal of challenge.”
She added: “If it is safe to play I really want to play at the US Open.”
Follow us on Twitter @T365Official.
Toni Nadal believes the pressure got to Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final
Daniil Medvedev felt the heat.
Serena Williams still believes she can win another Grand Slam and has no plans to retire just yet, says her coach
Serena Williams not ready to quit.
Novak Djokovic’s father hits out at Western media over their negative portrayal of his son
Srdjan Djokovic slams Western media.
Andy Murray’s Montpellier run shortlived as he suffers first-round in Open Sud de France
Andy Murray went down in straight sets.
Boris Becker ‘impressed’ by Nick Kyrgios, insists Australian has talent to ‘win Wimbledon at least once’
Boris Becker doffs his hat to Nick Kyrgios.
Fit-again Johanna Konta falls at the first hurdle in Adelaide as she loses against Shelby Rogers
The British No 1 has recovered from an abdominal injury.
Ashleigh Barty insists there is ‘extra pressure’ over world No 1 ranking battle with Naomi Osaka
“Extra pressure is non-existent for me,” says Barty.
Jamie Murray explains why Novak Djokovic’s NBA-style bubble idea would be difficult to pull off in tennis
“That’s obviously very difficult,” says Jamie Murray.
Boris Becker hails Novak Djokovic’s ‘tactical masterclass’ and explains how Serb outwitted Daniil Medvedev
Novak Djokovic “messed up” Daniil Medvedev’s rhythm.
Spectators set to return for Wimbledon 2021 as Tim Henman outlines plans
Spectators look set to be in attendance at Wimbledon.