Tennis fans have reacted with shock and excitement after seven-time grand slam winner Venus Williams made a surprise appearance at Wimbledon on Saturday ahead of the grass-court grand slam.
Only one Williams sister was expected to compete at Wimbledon this year, with Serena set to make her long-awaited return 12 months after having to retire in the first round last year.
Venus had not been expected to be at Wimbledon this year, with the 42-year-old announcing via Instagram earlier this year that she was not planning on competing at the All England club.
However her presence on the practice courts on Saturday has got tennis fans excited – even though it is too late for her to enter the singles or women’s doubles draws.
However the draw for the mixed doubles is yet to be released, with fans and journalists speculating that we could see Venus back in action in that category.
Venus teamed up with Nick Kyrgios in the mixed event last year, raising the prospect of the pair reuniting.
The duo won their first round match last year, but couldn’t contest the second after Kyrgios was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to injury.
Back in 2019, Serena paired up with Andy Murray for a run at the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon – and fans have noted that Venus’ form on the practice court was on point, further fuelling hopes of her entering.