Venus gets Australian Open wild card

 Venus Williams has been awarded a wildcard to compete in January’s Aus­tralian Open at the age of 42.

The American will be back in Melbourne 25 years after her debut in the tournament, which begins on 16 January.

Williams won just three match­es in 13 tournaments last season but is yet to show any inclination to follow her sister Serena into retirement.

A seven-time Grand Slam champion in singles, she was beat­en in the Australian Open final in 2003 and 2017.

“I am very excited to be re­turning to Melbourne. It will be an honour to play for the fans again,” said Williams, who has won five doubles titles in Melbourne.

“I’ve been competing in the country for over 20 years now and the Australian community has always supported me wholeheart­edly.

“I’m looking forward to mak­ing more memories at the tourna­ment this year.”

Williams is ranked 1,007th in the world and her last competitive singles match was a first-round defeat at the US Open in August, having played just four tourna­ments in 2022.

The Grand Slam in New York was the last for Williams’ sister Serena who announced she was “evolving away” from tennis be­fore the tournament.

Nine-time champion Novak Djokovic is also set to compete in Melbourne – a year after being deported from Australia because of his Covid-9 vaccination status. –BBC

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