"I'm still in the incubator" - Venus Williams gives update on playing status as Wimbledon draws closer

Former World No. 1 Venus Williams hasn't closed the door on a potential return to tennis as she said she is currently "incubating" when asked when she will be back in action.

This week, Serena Williams confirmed she plans to compete at Wimbledon. With Serena back, tennis fans now want to know about Venus' plans. The 41-year old hasn't played since August 2021 and her fans have been eager to now when she would return to the tennis courts.

During a conversation with Erin Andrews at BIO2022, the seven-time Grand Slam singles champion suggested she is taking her time and that she will eventually return.

"I'm still in the incubator," Venus Williams said. "It's (the break) made me appreciate it much more, I have a new love for the game, it's so much fun and I cannot wait to see her and support her."

The older Williams sister has admitted to getting incredibly nervous anytime she watches Serena take to the court, and described the process of watching her compete in a Major final as "nerve-racking."

"There will be times when I want to sleep through her final so I can just wake up because I'm nervous," Venus Williams said. "I will wake up anyway and I'm checking the scores, freaking out, all kinds of things. I don't know why I can't get used to it because my hopes and dreams are with her, too, you know?"

Meanwhile, Serena Williams is set to return to action next week at the Eastbourne International, where she plans to team up with Ons Jabeur in the doubles event. After Eastbourne, Serena will compete at Wimbledon after the All England Club awarded her a main draw wildcard into the tournament.

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