This year’s Wimbledon will host some of the greatest athletes of all time. But there will only be one 23-time champion on All England grass.

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Serena Williams is gearing up for her long-awaited return to competition. Tuesday when she takes on Harmony Tan in the first round.

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The seven-time Wimbledon champion has not played a singles match since retiring a year ago due to a torn hamstring. She began her comeback last week in doubles at Eastbourne, reaching the semi-finals with partner Ons Jaber before Jaber was forced to pull out due to a knee injury.

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There are many questions about how Williams will perform over the next two weeks and beyond, and she will no doubt be in the spotlight as the tournament progresses.

But that doesn’t mean she’s kept a low profile over the past year. From movie premieres to the Oscars to growing her business empire, Williams has basically taken over the world.

Let’s take a look at what she’s been up to since the last time she stepped onto the Wimbledon court:


June 29, 2021: Following her devastating Wimbledon exit, Williams posted on Instagram later that day in which she said she was “heartbroken” but grateful for the fans’ support.


August 25, 2021: The day before the draw was announced, Williams announced that she would not play at the US Open due to the same injury, which she now confirmed was a torn hamstring. Referring to the need to give her body time to “fully heal,” Williams ended the message with an upbeat “See you soon.”


September 13, 2021: Naomi Osaka co-chaired the Met Gala, and US Open finalists Emma Radukanou and Layla Fernandez cemented their hot girl status, but it was Williams who ruled the red carpet at the famous (and pandemic-postponed) event.

Also, surprise photos of her and sister Venus with former enemy Maria Sharapova everyone talks all day long.


September 26, 2021: While Williams does not celebrate the day for religious reasons, the rest of the tennis world was very aware of her 40th birthday and there have been countless tributes on the internet. including from her husband Alexei Oganyan. She seemed to have lived her best life relaxing on the beach with Alexis and daughter Olympia.


November 2021: With the upcoming release of King Richard, a biopic about their father and first coach, Serena and Venus Williams have been talking to the media to help promote the film. The couple graced the cover of Entertainment Weekly.with star Will Smith, appeared on his family’s series “Red Table Talk” and attended several premieres. Solo Serena stopped by “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to talk about the film – and even teased her return to the competition, answering yes to a question on Australian Open readiness: “Definitely,” she said.


December 8, 2021: Although during her late-night interview it looked like a trip to Down Under awaited her, Williams dashed her fans’ hopes with a statement on the official Australian Open website the following month. “Although it’s never an easy decision, I’m not where I need to be physically to compete,” she said. “Melbourne is one of my favorite cities to visit and I look forward to playing at AO every year. I will miss meeting the fans, but I am happy to be back and compete at the highest level.”


January 17, 2022: Williams wasn’t on the court on the first day of play at the Australian Open, but her daughter was – and showed off her impressive two-handed backhand during the lesson that quickly went viral. (This is a follow up for us.) Williams had previously revealed that Olympia was taking tennis lessons and insisted that she would not coach her. However, that didn’t stop Venus from commenting, “It’s Orasen again!” in relation to their mother, who coached them with their father in their early days of playing sports.


February 13, 2022: The Los Angeles Rams were Super Bowl champions, but even on one of the biggest sports and marketing days of the year, Williams was one of the biggest winners. In the Michelob Ultra commercial, which featured virtual who’s who of A-list athletes including Peyton Manning, Alex Morgan, Nneku Ogwumike and Jimmy Butler, Williams made the most epic performance of all.


February 28, 2022: In a star-studded tribute to the late designer and former costume colleague Virgil Abloh, Williams walked the Off-White runway at Paris Fashion Week.


March 1, 2022: Appearing on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Williams shared that her investment firm, Williams Ventures, raised $110 million in its first round of fundraising. According to the New York Times, Williams Ventures has already been an active business angel in more than 60 companies. She is not a business person, she businessman.


March 27, 2022: As King Richard was nominated in several categories including Best Picture, Serena and Venus were honored to open the Academy Awards with Beyoncé’s tennis-themed performance “Be Alive” from the film.

That’s all. Nothing else interesting happened at the Oscars. Nope. Nothing at all.


April 7, 2022: Longtime Williams coach Patrick Mouratoglu has stunned the tennis world by announcing that he will be working with Simona Halep, who defeated Williams in the 2019 Wimbledon final, on a full-time basis. “I had a conversation with Serena and the door opened for me, at least for a short time, to work with someone else,” Mouratoglu wrote in a social media post.

There was immediate speculation about what the move meant for Williams’ future in the sport, but she wasted no time in dispelling such rumors. Later that day at a Bitcoin conference in Miami, Williams posted a video to her Instagram story with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and revealed that she would be returning to Wimbledon.

“We talked about my return, and [Rodgers has] hyped me up and got me ready for Wimbledon,” Williams said.

The video ended with Rogers saying, “She’s back,” pointing at Williams.


April 21, 2022: Williams was already an investor in Angel City FC NWSL and the Miami Dolphins NFL and was looking to expand her ownership empire by joining a failed bid to acquire Chelsea FC. Led by Martin Broughton, chairman of British Airways, and the likes of F1 superstar Lewis Hamilton, Williams reportedly pledged $13 million to the group.


April 27, 2022: Nike introduces the “Serena Williams Building” at its global headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. At 1 million square feet, or 140 full-size tennis courts, Nike says it’s the largest building on campus, with labs, showrooms, a library, and a 140-seat Olympia Theatre, named after Serena’s daughter, of course.

“When I was still a kid, I visited the Nike campus and saw that the athletes were getting buildings,” Serena wrote on Instagram. “After this visit, I realized that I want two things: to become a Nike athlete and to have a building. I set myself high goals. sports.

“And here we are – the official opening of the Serena building on the Nike campus. Blood sweat and a lot of tears, a lot of trophies – this is beyond honor and gives me goosebumps.


May 3, 2022: In an extensive interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Williams spoke about her business acumen, Beyoncé, and Olympia’s potential in the sport (“Are you asking like a mom or like an athlete?”), but also hinted at a potential return to competition. Asked by DeGeneres if she still plays a lot, Williams didn’t hesitate.

“I play all the time,” Williams said. “I haven’t played lately, but I’m going to be back on the court in a couple of days.”


May 22, 2022: The French Open was held in Paris. Unlike the previous two Majors, Williams made no announcement that she would not play, leaving fans to wonder what her latest absence meant. She didn’t mention the tournament on any of her social media accounts, but posted all the time.

Tournament champion Iga Swiatek surpassed runner-up Serena to tie Venus for the longest winning streak (35) since 2000 to win the title – and it was clear how much that difference meant to her.

“To win 35 and do something more than Serena is something special,” Swiatek said.