Former World No.1 Venus Williams has accepted a main draw wild card into the ASB Classic in Auckland, the tournament announced. Williams, 42, will make her sixth appearance on Auckland’s hard courts. Williams made her ASB Classic debut in 2014, when she reached the final before losing to Ana Ivanovic.
The following year, Williams returned to the tournament, winning the title after beating Caroline Wozniacki in the 2015 Auckland final. In 2016, Williams did not defend her Auckland title because she suffered a first-round loss.
Williams reached the Auckland round of 16 in 2017, while he reached the quarterfinals in his last Auckland appearance in 2019.
Auckland organizers delighted to welcome Williams
“We are absolutely delighted to have one of the best players returning to the ASB Classic.
Venus is not only one of the best players in the history of the game, but she loves it here in New Zealand. When her agent contacted us, we were more than happy to offer her a wild card into the ASB Classic. She loves it here in New Zealand and Auckland in particular, and the fans of hers here love her,» ASB Classic tournament director Nicolas Lamperin said in a statement.
This year, Williams has appeared in four individual tournaments. Now, Williams is ready to start the 2023 season on time. Just a few days ago, Williams announced that he accepted a wild card into the Australian Open. With that being said, Williams has been confirmed to have two tournaments at the start of the 2023 season.
“I am very excited to return to Melbourne to compete at the Australian Open in January. I have been racing in the country for over 20 years and the Australian community has always wholeheartedly supported me.
It will be an honor to play again for the fans and I look forward to creating more memories at the tournament this year,» Williams said of competing at the Australian Open. It remains to be seen how Williams will fare in Auckland and Melbourne.