Seven-time Grand Slam singles champion Venus Williams hit the practice courts on Boxing Day with an eye for the upcoming season.
The former World No. 1 was in Jupiter, Florida, where she has been celebrating Christmas and squeezed some tennis time into her schedule on Tuesday.
Venus posted on her Instagram stories a picture of herself and her pet dog at the tennis court entrance before she began to work on her game. In the video, the 43-year-old sharpens her groundstrokes with a practice partner.
Venus would later work on her serve and volley skills, which she didn't particularly excel at during the session, before later posing the question to her followers on whether they wanted to see more behind-the-scenes practice sessions.
"Nothing like clean crispy shots."
This is not the first time Venus has been spotted training during preseason. A month ago, she reunited with her younger sister, Serena Williams, on a tennis court, where they engaged in light stretching and enjoyed a fun hit session.
Serena, 42, has retired from the sport, and it doesn't seem like she will take a U-turn on her decision. Venus, instead, is set for a full-scale comeback in 2024, in what will be an astonishing 30th season on the WTA tour. As she approaches 44, she does not plan to hang up her racket anytime soon.
The legendary American last played on tour in September, where she was eliminated in the opening round of the US Open. Venus shut down her season because of the knee injury she sustained during the grass swing.
In a recent interview, Venus admitted targeting a March return, effectively ruling herself out from competing at the 2024 Australian Open. The next time she'll likely be in action will be at the Sunshine Swing.