Venus signs up to play in Eastbourne!


Venus Williams is the latest top player to announce her entry into next month’s AEGON International at Eastbourne, the Lawn Tennis Association confirmed.


The five-time Wimbledon singles champion, who has not played a tournament outside the grand slams since last May, will be one of 13 of the world’s top 20 players taking part in the SW19 warm-up event, which begins on June 11.


Tournament director Gavin Fletcher said: “We promised to deliver world-class tennis to Eastbourne, so to attract 13 of the world’s top 20, and five of the world’s top 10, is a real coup for the tournament.


“I think it’s fantastic that Venus has entered this year as it promises to be another thrilling week of high-class women’s tennis.”


Williams, who is currently ranked 16th in the world, has played at Devonshire Park twice before but not since 1998, when she lost to Natasha Zvereva in the second round.



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