Alex Morgan is getting into golf.

The U.S. women’s national team and San Diego Wave star announced Friday that she is joining The Golf League as an investor in the Los Angeles team, alongside retired LPGA great Michelle Wie West, tennis legends Serena and Venus Williams, NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and more.

“It’s official, my husband and I are married to the game,” she wrote on social media. “I’m thrilled to announce my involvement as an investor with @WeAreLAGC, the inaugural team of @TGL!”

TGL is a new league set to begin play in January 2024, founded by golfers Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. Some of the top players in the world will compete in three-on-three team competitions using golf simulator technology.

Initially, four teams were announced: Boston, New York, Atlanta and LA. Two more are expected to join the league, which has partnered with the PGA Tour.

“We’re providing a form of the game that looks more like other sports,” Mike McCarley — CEO of Tmrw Sports, the company behind TGL — told Fast Company. “This is going to be an NBA courtside experience, whether you’re there in person or watching on television.”

It’s unknown if or when pros from the LPGA will become involved in the new league. But other investors in the league, including Serena Williams’ husband and fellow TGL investor Alexis Ohanian, are committed to making that happen.

“My first question was, when can we get the LPGA involved? And it’s not just because my daughter is into golf,” Ohanian said. “It would be nice to help elevate the women’s game.”

Ohanian first connected with Morgan when he started tuning into the NWSL, and he later joined Angel City FC as an investor. Now, he’s helped the soccer star become part of TGL.

“Golf has become a family hobby,” Morgan told Fast Company. “So, [investing in LAGC] was a no brainer. It’s something I wanted to be a part of.”

From there, Morgan reached out to Wie West, who was on board almost immediately.

“It’s great to have the same mission: democratizing the dream, breaking down the stigmas of golf, and really showcasing how fun it is,” Wie West said. “We really want to use TGL, to use technology, to help bring this sport to people and communities that would have not otherwise been exposed to it.”

She’s also committed to bringing women golfers into the sport.

“I’ve had many conversations with LPGA Tour Commissioner Mollie [Marcoux Samaan],” she said. “Getting women involved is something that’s very important to me. We’re gonna make it happen. When? I hope soon.”

Growing up, Coco Gauff idolized Serena and Venus Williams.

In a mostly white sport, Gauff saw herself in the Black sisters who dominated the sport during her childhood. And in the aftermath of her U.S. Open victory Saturday, Gauff credited the sisters.

“They’re the reason why I have this trophy today,” Gauff said. “They’ve allowed me to believe in this dream. Growing up, there weren’t too many Black tennis players dominating the sport. It was just them at the time that I can remember, and obviously more came because of their legacy. It made the dream more believable.”

Gauff defeated Aryna Sabalenka, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the tournament finals at Arthur Ashe Stadium, falling to the ground and crying when she won. Gauff, 19, became the first American teen to win the U.S. Open since Serena Williams in 1999.

Williams, of course, went on to win the tournament another five times, including in 2002, when she defeated her sister in the final. Gauff wasn’t born until 2004, but she grew up with the backdrop of both Williams sisters as icons of the sport.

And on Saturday, Gauff joined her heroes and etched her name as one of the titans of the sport.

“All the things they had to go through, they made it easier for someone like me to do this,” Gauff said. “You look back at the history of Indian Wells with Serena, and all she had to go through. Venus, fighting for equal pay. It’s crazy and it’s an honor to be in the same lineup as them.”

Venus Williams will make her 24th appearance in the singles draw at Wimbledon in 2023 after she received a wild-card entry to the tournament Wednesday.

A five-time singles champion at Wimbledon, she last reached the finals of the grass-court major in 2017. The 43-year-old made her Wimbledon debut in 1997.

On Monday, Williams earned just her second win in nearly as many years — as well as her first win over a player in the top 50 in nearly four years — as she beat 48th-ranked Camila Giorgi at the Birmingham Classic in England. The win also ended a 12-match losing streak.

She’ll next play Jelena Ostapenko in the round of 16. The second-ranked player in the tournament, Ostapenko is currently ranked No. 17 in the world and made the quarterfinals of the Australian Open earlier this year.

Ahead of their match, Ostapenko called Williams “a great champion.”

“It’s amazing to share the court with her. I have nothing to lose. I will just try to play my best and I hope you guys will enjoy the match,” Ostapenko said.

The two have gone head-to-head just twice before, back in 2017 at Wimbledon and at the WTA Finals in Singapore, with Williams winning both of their previous matches.

The grass-court Birmingham Classic serves as a tune-up for Wimbledon, which begins on July 3.

Also receiving wild-card entries to the major were Elina Svitolina, Heather Watson and Katie Boulter. Svitolina is fresh off a quarterfinal run at the French Open but lost her opening round match at Birmingham earlier this week.

Venus Williams made a return to the court Tuesday at the Libéma Open for her first match in more than five months.

The 42-year-old had not competed since the second round of the ASB Classic in New Zealand. in January. While she defeated Katie Volynets in the match, she suffered a hamstring injury, forcing her to withdraw from that tournament and from the Australian Open.

Her comeback came via wild-card entry to the Libéma Open. The first-round match marked her first time playing in the Netherlands and her first singles tournament on grass since Wimbledon in 2021. (She participated in mixed doubles at Wimbledon last year.)

Competing against Celine Naef, Williams won her first set 6-3 but lost the second set in a tiebreak 7-6 (7-3). Naef, a 17-year-old who also received a wild-card entry to the tournament, took the third set 6-2 to win the match.

Among those in attendance to watch the match was Venus’ younger sister Serena Williams, who announced her retirement from tennis last year. In May, she announced that she is pregnant with her second child.

Venus Williams will not play in this year’s Australian Open after withdrawing for an undisclosed injury.

Williams suffered the injury while playing in a tournament in Auckland, New Zealand earlier this week.

The seven-time Grand Slam singles champion had received a wild-card entry into the year’s first major. It would have been her 22nd Grand Slam at Melbourne Park. She has not played at the Australian Open since 2021.

“I’ve been competing in the country for over 20 years now and the Australian community has always supported me wholeheartedly,” she said when granted her wild-card entry.

Williams has struggled with injuries in recent years, but had begun 2023 positively with a win in an Auckland tournament – her first tour-level singles match in a year and a half.

Australian Kim Birrell has been granted a wild-card in place of Williams.

Venus Williams will make her 22nd appearance at the Australian Open in January after being awarded a wild-card entry to play in the first major of 2023.

The 42-year-old made her first appearance at the Australian Open 25 years ago.

“I’ve been competing in the country for over 20 years now and the Australian community has always supported me wholeheartedly,” Williams said in a statement. “It will be an honor to play for the fans again and I’m looking forward to making more memories at the tournament this year.”

Williams hasn’t played in a singles match since the 2022 US Open, where she lost in the first round to Alison Van Uytvanck.

When asked about her future following the match, Williams said that she was “just focused on the doubles.” The 42-year-old played doubles at the tournament with sister Serena, 41, for the first time since 2014, but they lost in the opening round.

A two-time finalist at the Australian Open, she hasn’t played in that tournament since 2021.

“Venus is not just an incredible player and fan favorite, she’s a great role model and leader in our sport in so many ways,” Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said.

Women’s sports showed up and showed out at Monday’s Met Gala, trading sportswear for designer duds inspired by the event’s 2022 theme, “Gilded Glamour.”

Venus Williams walked the Met Gala red carpet in a custom Chloé tux. Hairstylist Nikki Nelms opted for a bedazzled look for the tennis star, while makeup artist Karina Milan continued the beaded theme, creating a statement eye to tie the look together.

Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim also made an appearance, wearing a feathered Giambattista Valli gown. The red and white ensemble was complemented the athlete’s bold red lip.

Retired tennis star Caroline Wozniacki donned a playful Christian Siriano cut-out dress with puffed blue sleeves. The 31-year-old walked the red carpet with her husband, David Lee, with whom she welcomed a baby girl last June.

Olympic gold medalist Eileen Gu attended the Met Gala after a banner Beijing Games. The skier opted for an edgy leather mini dress by Louis Vuitton paired with knee-high boots.

Venus Williams will not be competing in the Australian Open, the tennis icon confirmed Friday.

Williams joins sister Serena in pulling out of the Grand Slam, marking the first time since 1997 that the Australian Open will go on without both Williams sisters.

Venus last took the court in August for Chicago’s WTA 250 tournament, contending with a leg injury that has dropped the 41-year-old to No. 318 in the world rankings.

Serena announced in December that she would be skipping the Australian Open, still tending to a right hamstring injury that forced the American star to withdraw from Wimbledon in June.

Since her first appearance in 1998, Venus has only missed three Australian Opens.

The Melbourne Grand Slam is set to kick off on Jan. 17.

Athletes are speaking out and passing on their condolences in the wake of fashion designer Virgil Abloh’s passing.

The 41-year-old fashion designer, who was the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection and CEO of Off-White, passed away on Sunday after a private,  multi-year battle with cancer.

“I’m devastated by the passing of Virgil Abloh,” Venus Williams wrote on social media. “I love him so much. I always watched everything he did so closely and it inspired me to be better in everything I do.

“His collections literally brought me to tears because they were so connected so beautiful and so inspiring.”

Abloh had a hand in designing many of Serena Williams’ looks both on and off the court, which Venus highlighted in her post.

USWNT star Megan Rapinoe also paid tribute, sending love to Abloh’s family while saying that the designer “changed the world.”

Orlando Pride and USWNT goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, who has long been a fan of Abloh’s, called the news “heartbreaking.”

“Thank you for showing us what is possible and bringing us along the ride with you,” she wrote. “You have inspired us all greatly.”