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Venus Williams readies for summer hard-court season at Rafael Nadal Academy
The seven-time Grand Slam singles champion is back practicing after her Wimbledon campaign was clouded by injury.
Published Jul 21, 2023
WATCH: Venus Williams' Wimbledon ended with a first-round loss to Elina Svitolina, where she slipped and fell on Centre Court.
¡Hola, leyenda! Venus Williams is prepping for a busy summer hard-court season at the Rafael Nadal Academy in Mallorca.
The sight of Williams on court practicing was a welcome sight for many tennis fans after her 24th Wimbledon appearance earlier this month was clouded by injury. Williams slipped and fell in her first-round loss against Elina Svtiolina on Centre Court, and was hindered in her movement in a 6-4, 6-3 loss to the eventual semifinalist.
But the 43-year-old was positive in the aftermath of her exit, quieting retirement rumors and saying in a social media post 24 hours after leaving the All England Club that she was more excited than ever for her future in the sport.
"I sat in the locker room right after thinking … to figure out what I could learn from this and plotting how I was going to be better," she wrote.
It looks like part of that quest took her to Mallorca. The official social media accounts of Rafael Nadal's namesake tennis school shared several photos Friday of Williams training, under the watchful eye of both academy coaches and her canine companion, Harry.
"Wow, what a visitor," one fan commented, while another wrote that it was "great" to see Williams getting ready for the summer season.
"Great to see RN Academy became an unmissable destination on the map for players and fans!" the comment read. "Enjoy your stay, dear Venus!"
Currently ranked No. 521 on the WTA computer, Williams already knows where her next tournament will be. Two weeks ago, the former No. 1 was given a wild card to the summer hard-court event in Montreal, which begins on Aug. 7.