Tennis: Serena Williams set to make WTA comeback at inaugural Kentucky tournament

Serena Williams has already said she plans to enter the next scheduled Grand Slam tournament, the US Open, which is slated to begin on Aug 31.
Serena Williams has already said she plans to enter the next scheduled Grand Slam tournament, the US Open, which is slated to begin on Aug 31.PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP/ REUTERS) - Serena Williams will make her return to the WTA tour at a new hardcourt tournament in Kentucky in August, organisers said Thursday (July 16).

The Top Seed Open said 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams and 2017 US Open winner Sloane Stephens will be in the field when play begins on August 10.

Williams has not played since representing the United States in the Fed Cup in February, before the WTA tour along with most of global sport shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Both the WTA tour and the men's ATP tour are scheduled to resume in August.

Williams has already said she plans to enter the next scheduled Grand Slam tournament, the US Open, which is slated to begin in New York on August 31.

The Kentucky tournament was one of two new events confirmed by WTA chief executive Steve Simon last week as additions to the tour's revamped calendar.

WTA action is scheduled to resume with the Palermo Open in Italy starting on August 3.

Last week, the WTA confirmed the addition of events in Prague, Czech Republic and Lexington to its provisional calendar, which now features 21 tournaments.

The Cincinnati Masters is scheduled to be played at Flushing Meadows, New York in mid-August followed by the US Open, also at its usual Flushing Meadows home, from Aug 31-Sept 13.