Serena Williams receives Wimbledon singles wild card and will play doubles at Eastbourne on injury return.PAM

Serena Williams will play doubles at the Rothesay International Eastbourne next week, while the 23-time Grand Slam champion has also been handed a Wimbledon singles wild card.



The 40-year-old made a tearful exit in the first round of Wimbledon 12 months ago after retiring during the first set due to a leg injury and doubts have been growing about whether she would return.



But on Tuesday Williams posted on Instagram: “SW and SW19. It’s a date. 2022 See you there.”




After tagging Eastbourne in her post, organisers later announced she will pair up with Tunisia’s world No 4 Ons Jabeur for the doubles event.



Williams, now ranked a lowly 1,208, has also been handed a singles wild card for Wimbledon, which begins on Monday, June 27.




The initial batch of wild cards for singles and doubles was announced on Tuesday with Williams joining a whole host of Brits on the list, including Katie Boulter and Jodie Burrage, as well as three-time Grand Slam champion, Stan Wawrinka, who has returned from a long-term foot injury this season.




After her long-time coach Patrick Mouratoglou revealed in April he had taken on a new role with Simona Halep, suspicions that she had effectively retired grew, not least because the American was focused on her business ventures and life as a mother to four-year-old daughter Olympia.

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