Venus Williams to play in Auckland
Tennis star Venus Williams will play in the New Year’s ASB Classic tournament.
The seven-time Grand Slam singles winner will join fellow former world No 1 Ana Ivanovic and current British No 1 Laura Robson at the central Auckland ASB Tennis Arena.
Along with her impressive haul of Grand Slam titles, Williams has bagged herself four Olympic gold medals during her 20-year career.
Tournament director Karl Budge says it is a great privilege to have someone of Williams’ calibre in Auckland.
‘‘She is undoubtedly one of the all-time greats in women’s tennis,’’ he says.
‘‘It will be a once in a life- time opportunity to watch Venus’ powerful baseline and attacking all-court game up close.’’
The ASB Classic tournament runs from December 30 to January 4.