Tennis fans left shattered over Serena Williams news: ‘Very sad’

Tennis fans left shattered over Serena Williams news: 'Very sad'

 

Tennis fans have been left saddened and confused after Serena Williams wasn’t included on the official entry list for Wimbledon this year. The 23-time grand slam champion hasn’t played since Wimbledon last year when she suffered a leg injury and was forced to retire hurt in the opening round.

 

Tennis fans left shattered over Serena Williams news: 'Very sad'

The 40-year-old’s continued absence from the WTA tour has sparked speculation that she’s planning to retire, however she recently hinted that she would be returning at Wimbledon later this month. But when Wimbledon officials released the official entry lists on Friday, Williams was a notable absentee along with sister Venus and Roger Federer. While Federer has always maintained that he would not be ready for Wimbledon after a third knee surgery last year, Williams had hinted that she might play.

 

Tennis fans left shattered over Serena Williams news: 'Very sad'

In an Instagram video with NFL star Aaron Rodgers in April, Williams indicated that she was planning a comeback at the grass-court major. “We’ve been talking about my comeback and he’s been hyping me up and getting me ready for Wimbledon. Can’t wait!” said Williams. As a number of tennis writers have pointed out, Williams could have used her protected ranking at Wimbledon in order to gain automatic entry despite slipping down the world rankings this year.

 

Tennis fans left shattered over Serena Williams news: 'Very sad'

And while she isn’t on the official entry lists, Wimbledon organisers did leave the door open for the seven-time champion to be given a wildcard entry.

“Wildcards for the Qualifying Competition and Main Draw events will be announced shortly before The Championships 2022,” a statement read.

“Seedings for The Championships 2022 will be announced shortly before the fortnight and follow world ranking.”

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