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Venus Williams to make Birmingham debut

Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams will play in the Birmingham grasscourt event later this month after accepting a wildcard. The American, 38, has never played…

Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams will play in the Birmingham grasscourt event later this month after accepting a wildcard.

The American, 38, has never played in the competition before but will join French Open champion Ashleigh Barty and world No 1 Naomi Osaka in the draw as the build-up to Wimbledon continues.

ā€œIā€™m really excited to be playing in Birmingham for the first time. I always love playing on grass in front of British crowds and have heard wonderful things about the tournament,ā€ the seven-time Grand Slam singles champion said.

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