Having received a wild card to the Toronto tournament, Venus Williams is ready to compete in her first singles event in over a year. Williams, now 42 years old, hasn’t competed since August of last year, but on Wednesday, the National Bank Open announced that they would be giving her a wildcard into the tournament.
Williams, a seven-time winner of the Grand Slam, will compete in the National Bank Open for the eleventh time this year.
Almost 30 years have passed since Venus first competed at the National Bank Open.
After a long absence, she has decided to make her return to competitive tennis at the National Bank Open, 27 years after making her tournament debut there.
Williams is excited to go back to Canada.
It was Montreal’s turn to host the National Bank Open last year, and this year it’s Toronto’s turn.
Williams expressed his delight at returning to the National Bank Open presented by Rogers. I can’t wait to return to Toronto; the city and the tournament were both fantastic experiences.
It was announced last week that Serena Williams would be attending the 2018 National Bank Open. Her sister finally made it to the reunion today.
National Bank Open presented by Rogers tournament director Karl Hale of Toronto released a statement expressing his excitement over the participation of Venus and Serena Williams.
“They are a huge inspiration to the fans, the staff, and the other players at any tournament they attend because of all they have done for our sport. We can’t wait to have two of the greatest players in history here in Toronto with us.”
It was in Montreal, where the National Bank Open was held in 2014, that Venus Williams achieved her best finish at the tournament. Williams had made it to the finals, but she ultimately fell to Agnieszka Radwanska.
Once again, Williams will be competing at the National Bank Open. Her last appearance there was in 2019.
It will be interesting to see how far Williams can get in her first singles tournament of the year, which is set to take place from August 8-14.