Asked which three athletes she would invite to dinner, Venus Williams listed

“Reilly Opelka, Grigor Dimitrov, and Serena Williams. Sorry, but I have to pick my favorite bandmates to go on this tour with me “To quote Williams:

Williams is training to return to the game.

Williams, who is now 42 years old, has not competed in a singles match since August of last year.

Williams’ appearances in Washington and Toronto were confirmed this week. Williams is scheduled to make her return to singles competition at the Citi Open in Washington, DC, beginning August 1. After competing on the hard courts of Washington the following week, Williams is scheduled to do the same in Toronto the following week.

Tournament organizers confirmed Serena Williams’ attendance in Toronto last week, and this week they did the same for Venus Williams. Toronto Tournament Director Karl Hale released a statement expressing his excitement over 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 fuse for the fans, the staff, and even the other players because of how much they have meant to our sport. We are thrilled to have two of the game’s all-time greats coming to Toronto.

Williams played at Wimbledon, but only in the mixed doubles competition. When Williams and Jamie Murray arrived at Wimbledon, they were motivated to apply for a mixed doubles wild card and Williams was immediately inspired. With little surprise, Williams and Murray were given a mixed doubles wildcard by Wimbledon‘s organizers.