• She posted an image of her trainers on grass, captioning it: “SW and SW19. It’s a date. 2022, see you there.”
• Meanwhile, former top 10 tennis player Jelena Dokic nearly took her own life in April during struggles with her mental health, the Australian said on social media.
Serena Williams has indicated she will play at this year’s Wimbledon in what would be her first match for a year.
The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion has not played since injuring her leg in the first round of last year’s tournament.
American Williams, 40, has won seven Wimbledon singles titles but is currently ranked 1,208.
She posted an image of her trainers on grass, captioning it: “SW and SW19. It’s a date. 2022, see you there.”
Wimbledon begins on June 27. Williams also tagged Eastbourne — where there is a WTA event in the week before Wimbledon — in the social media post.
She won the last of her seven Wimbledon singles titles in 2016, but reached the final in 2018 and 2019 after returning from maternity leave.
Williams could potentially compete in either the women’s or mixed doubles at SW19.
She has won the doubles title with elder sister Venus six times and paired up with Andy Murray in the mixed event in 2019.
Meanwhile, former top 10 tennis player Jelena Dokic nearly took her own life in April during struggles with her mental health, the Australian said on social media.
Dokic, who played her last professional match in 2014 and has worked as a commentator on Australian TV in recent years, said she had been battling “constant feelings of sadness and pain”.
“Such a vicious cycle in my head. The result: almost jumping off my 26th floor balcony on April 28th,” the 39-year-old wrote in a post.
“I just wanted the pain and the suffering to stop. I pulled myself of the edge, don’t even know how I managed to do it.”
Dokic has been open about her mental health battles and said in her 2017 book “Unbreakable” that she had suffered years of physical and emotional abuse from her father.
Born in the former Yugoslavia, Dokic said on Instagram that the last six months had been tough but seeking professional help had saved her life.
“From hiding in the bathroom when at work, to wipe away my tears so that nobody sees it, to the unstoppable crying at home within my four walls has been unbearable,” said the former world number four, who won six singles titles on the WTA Tour.
“I am writing this because I know I am not the only one struggling.
“Just know that you are not alone.”
Dokic said some days were better than others but she was on the road to recovery and vowed to return “stronger than ever”.
Her post triggered supportive messages from a number of Australian sporting figures.
“You are enough. You are worthy. Your pain will heal,” former Olympic champion cyclist Anna Meares said.
“You will find peace. Hang in there.”
Mental health has been in the spotlight in tennis since former world number one Naomi Osaka withdrew from last year’s French Open and said she was battling depression.
Men’s world number two Alex Zverev opened up about his own mental health issues during the recent French Open, saying social media meant current players were subject to “a lot more hatred” than past ones.