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Venus Williams given singles wildcard to play Toronto

TORONTO, CANADA (AFP) – Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams has been handed a wildcard entry to the WTA 1000 tournament in Toronto in August, Tennis Canada said on Wednesday.

Williams will be playing in Toronto for the first time since 2019, and tackling WTA singles for the first time since August of 2021.

“I love the city, the tournament, and I look forward to being back in Toronto,” Williams, owner of 41 WTA singles titles, said in a statement.

Venus Williams played her first event since Chicago in August of 2021 when she played mixed doubles with Britain’s Jamie Murray at Wimbledon.

Venus Williams celebrates after a match on the opening day of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. PHOTO: AP