Venus Williams Will Be In 2023 Australian Open At Age 42

Williams won just three matches in 13 tournaments last season but has yet to show any desire to retire like her sister Serena.

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Venus Williams Will Be In 2023 Australian Open At Age 42.

Venus Williams has been awarded a wildcard to compete in January Women’s 2023 Australian Open at the age of 42.

The American will return to Melbourne 25 years after her first appearance in the tournament, which begins on January 16th.

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Williams won just three matches in 13 tournaments last season but has yet to show any desire to retire like her sister Serena.

She is a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion who lost 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 Serena Williams, who announced before the tournament that she was “evolving away” from tennis.

Nine-time champion Novak Djokovic is also set to compete in Melbourne – a year after being deported from Australia because of his Covid-19 vaccination status.

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Meanwhile, 17-year-old British player Ben Bartram was awarded a men’s wheelchair wildcard at the Australian Open after being named the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) Junior Wheelchair Tennis Player of the Year.

Bartram has won six senior titles since June and will compete in the tournament alongside Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid from the United Kingdom.

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