ABU DHABI, December 24, 2017
According to different media in the UAE, Serena Williams will make her return to tennis at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC) next week.
The 23-time grand slam champion has been away from the courts since winning the Australian Open in January, taking time out from the sport to give birth to her first child, daughter Alexis Olympia, in September.
Teething- aka the devil – is so hard. Poor Alexis Olympia has been so uncomfortable. She cried so much (she never cries) I had to hold her until she fell asleep. I’ve tried amber beads… cold towels…. chew on mommies fingers…. homeopathic water (lol on that one) but…… pic.twitter.com/hCRMJ0RhUQ
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) 17. Dezember 2017
Williams is set to compete in an exhibition match on Saturday, December 30 at Zayed Sports City. Her opponent has yet to be confirmed. The MWTC is taking place from 28 to 30 December 2017. It will be the first time in the 10-year history of the tournament that a women’s tennis match is taking place.
Earlier this week, Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic announced their withdrawal from the tournament. The trio will be replaced by Roberto Bautista-Agut, Kevin Anderson and Andrey Rublev.