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Venus Williams given Australian Open wildcard

Venus Williams has been awarded a wildcard to compete in January’s Australian Open aged 42.

The American will be back in Melbourne 25 years after her debut in the tournament, which begins on January 16.

A seven-time Grand Slam champion in singles, Williams reached the Australian Open final in 2003 and 2017 and has won five doubles titles there.

“I am very excited to be returning to Melbourne. It will be an honour to play for the fans again,” she said.

“I’ve been competing in the country for over 20 years now and the Australian community has always supported me wholeheartedly.

“I’m looking forward to making more memories at the tournament.”

Williams is ranked 1,007th in the world and her last competitive singles match was a first-round bye at the US Open in August, having played just four tournaments in 2022.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas