Williams set to play an exhibition match after the US Open.
Venus Williams has announced that she will be taking on retired Monica Puig in an exhibition match in Puerto Rico next month. Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, will be clashing against 2016 Rio Olympics gold medalist Puig on September 15th at Coliseo de Puerto Rico.
Puig, 29, retired from pro tennis last year after being hampered by injuries in her last couple of years on the Tour. “Looking forward to my September 15th match vs @monicaace93,” Williams captioned her Instagram Story.
Williams set to play against retired Puig
Puig, a former world No 27, won two WTA titles during her career but her biggest win came at the 2016 Rio Olympics when she won the gold medal for Puerto Rico.
In 2022 April, Puig returned to tennis after being sidelined for two years due to injuries and surgeries. After appearing in just two tournaments and two matches, Puig decided to retire from pro tennis at the age of 28. “It’s not a goodbye, but a see you soon.
Over the past 28 years of my life, tennis has been my constant. It has given me some of the most thrilling and memorable experiences I could have ever asked for. But, sometimes, good things come to an end. Today, I announce my retirement from tennis.
This decision isn’t an easy one because I would’ve loved to retire on my own terms, but sometimes life has other plans and we have to open new doors that lead to exciting possibilities. I would love to also announce that I will be very much active in the tennis world as a new full time member of the ESPN family, along with branching out into many other sports that I am passionate about!
I will also be exploring consulting roles for young, up and coming tennis players, as well as with programs and academies,” Puig announced in 2022 July.Next month, Puerto Rican tennis fans will have a chance to see Puig again in action when she meets Williams.