Venus Williams will make her first Rogers Cup appearance this summer in Montreal.

The 27-year-old American, who has won 36 career WTA Tour singles titles, is ranked eighth in the world. Williams confirmed her participation during a conference call yesterday from Paris, where she’s getting ready for the French Open.

She said she has entered the Rogers Cup a couple times in the past but was unable to play due to injury.

“This year it’s a great opportunity for me to play a top-level tournament in a city that I’ve never visited,” Williams said. “And (I get) to meet all my fans that I’ve never met before so I’m really looking forward to it.”

The tournament will be played July 26-Aug. 3.

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