Venus Williams' days as a doubles player are over as her US Open appearance last year was her final one with a partner on the court.
Venus Williams partnered with her sister Serena Williams a lot of times in her career winning Grand Slam trophies together. Their match at last year's US Open was her last doubles match ever as she confirmed in an Instagram Q & A.
She was asked whether she will play doubles in the future and she said that those days were over. Serena Williams is a retired player and with her retirement, the doubles career of Venus Williams also finished.
When Serena retired I retired from doubles as well. When you have Serena Williams as a partner you have seen the glory at the mountaintop, you can't go any higher! Sorry, I don't have better news.
It's a disappointing thing for many who were hoping that her return on the grass in a few weeks would feature some doubles tennis from the legend. That won't be happening but fans will be happy to see Venus on the court at all.
Her last match happened earlier this year in Auckland where she won one match, against Katie Volynets, losing to Lin Zhu in a tight 3-setter. An injury happened which didn't allow her to play at the Australian Open but she's been on the court practicing for a while now. She confirmed her return and then took a wild card entry into the Birmingham Classics.
It's unclear how many more matches we'll see from the legend even though she maintains that she still loves tennis and wants to play it. The reality is that injuries happen far too often now which signals the end. A few months ago coach Rick Macci told us exclusively that he could see it happening at this year's US Open.