Venus Williams is set to play her first singles tournament in a year after accepting a wild card to Toronto. Williams, 42, hasn’t played since August of last year, but on Wednesday she was given a wildcard into the National Bank Open.
Williams, who has won seven Grand Slam titles, will be playing in the National Bank Open for the eleventh time this year.
In 1995, Williams made her debut at the National Bank Open, nearly three decades ago. Williams, who made her tournament debut 27 years ago, has decided to return to the sport at the National Bank Open.
Williams is elated to return to action in his home country of Canada.
Having been held in Montreal the previous year, this year’s National Bank Open has moved to Toronto. To return to the National Bank Open presented by Rogers is something Williams is very happy about.
I can’t wait to return to Toronto and the tournament that brings me here every year. This year’s National Bank Open will feature Serena Williams, as was announced last week. Her sister has recently come to join her.
Toronto Tournament Director Karl Hale released a statement expressing his excitement at having both Venus and Serena play in this year’s National Bank Open presented by Rogers. Having them at a tournament is like lighting a match for the fans, the staff, and even the other players because of how much they have meant to our sport.
We’re excited to have two of the game’s all-time greats in Toronto. If you’re looking for the year Venus Williams performed best at the National Bank Open, it was in Montreal in 2014.
Williams advanced to the finals, but she ultimately fell to Agnieszka Radwanska. Williams will make his first appearance at the National Bank Open since 2019. It will be interesting to see how far Williams goes in her first singles tournament of the year, the National Bank Open, which will be held from August 8-14.