Tennis fans were disappointed and perplexed when Serena Williams‘ name was not featured on the official registration list for Wimbledon this year. The 23-time grand slam winner hasn’t played since Wimbledon last year, when she was forced to withdraw hurt in the first round due to a leg ailment. Wildcards for the Qualifying Competition and Main Draw events will be announced shortly before The Championships 2022. While seedings for The Championships 2022 will be announced shortly before the fortnight and follow world ranking.
Williams might have used her protected standing at Wimbledon to earn automatic entrance despite dropping down the world rankings this year, as several tennis writers have pointed out. While she isn’t on the official entry lists, Wimbledon organizers have left the possibility of a wildcard admission for the seven-time champion open. Williams hinted at a comeback at the grass-court major in an Instagram video with NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers in April. “We’ve been talking about my comeback and he’s been hyping me up and getting me ready for Wimbledon. Can’t wait!” said Williams.
Williams and her longstanding coach Patrick Mouratoglou unexpectedly parted ways, with the Frenchman deciding to team up with Romanian star Simona Halep. “I missed it big time. Coaching is the passion of my life. It’s the job of my life. And when I went to see Serena to discuss before starting with Simona, that’s what I told her. I said, ‘coaching is the passion of my life and it’s difficult for me not to work.’ So yes, I missed coaching big, big time.” expressed Mouratoglou.
Roger Federer has not yet played since re-injuring his knee last year at Wimbledon, although he publicly announced that his recovery is progressing smoothly. In September, he will compete in the Laver Cup alongside long-time friend and adversary Rafal Nadal. Venus Williams hasn’t featured since retiring from Wimbledon the year before due to injuries just before the competition. Meanwhile, despite indicating that she could boycott the grass-court grand slam, Naomi Osaka has been added to the entrance list.
Wimbledon is all set for the showdown on 27th June at All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in London.