Venus Williams to make singles comeback in Toronto

Venus Williams
Venus Williams last played at the mixed doubles event alongside Jamie Murray at Wimbledon

Former world number one Venus Williams will make her singles comeback after being awarded a wildcard for next month's WTA 1000 tournament in Toronto.

Williams has not played in a singles tournament for nearly a year but she will join her sister Serena in the main draw for the National Bank Open.

Her most recent return to court was alongside Britain's Jamie Murray, reaching the second round in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon.

The tournament begins on 6 August.

The 42-year-old last played a singles match at the Chicago Women's Open in August 2021, where she was beaten in the first round by Hsieh Su-Wei.

Meanwhile, 23-time grand slam singles champion Serena, 40, continues her comeback after playing in her first singles tournament for a year at Wimbledon.

Djokovic on US Open entry list

Serena was also was included on the entry list for the US Open on Wednesday along with Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic.

Serbia's Djokovic will not currently be able to compete at Flushing Meadows, however, as the fact he is unvaccinated against Covid-19 will prevent him from entering the United States.

Djokovic, 35, has won the Grand Slam, which begins on 29 August, three times. He lost to Russia's Daniil Medvedev in last year's final.

"Per the Grand Slam Rule Book, all eligible players are automatically entered into the men's and women's singles main draw fields based on ranking 42 days prior to the first Monday of the event," said a statement by the United States Tennis Association.

"The US Open does not have a vaccination mandate in place for players, but it will respect the US government's position regarding travel into the country for unvaccinated non-US citizens."

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