Seven time grand slam champion, Venus Williams has spent the fall and winter playing exhibitions in the hopes of returning to competitive tennis at the Auckland ASB Classic ahead of the open. Word is she has withdrawn and is still not ready to compete. I hope we get to see Venus in action when she is fully fit, even if it means skipping the Australian Open. We have not seen her complete since her withdrawal from her 2nd round match citing the immune system disease Sjogren’s syndrome, which can cause fatigue and joint pain. Hope to see Venus on the courts soon.