Former top-ranked Venus Williams has officially confirmed that she will compete at the Hobart International in 2014, the first time she’ll make an appearance at this event.

The seven-time Grand Slam titlist is said to be excited about her debut at the tennis tournament in Tasmania.

“I’ve never played in Hobart before, I hear it’s a very beautiful city and I can’t wait to meet my fans there,” she said.

“The tournament is played on the same surface as the Australian Open, so it will be great place to get some good match practice against tough opponents before I head to Melbourne,” she added.

The American, who won 44 career singles titles, said that she heard a number of great things about the event.

“I’ve heard from other players on the tour that Hobart is a great event and I am really looking forward to competing.”

Hobart International Tournament Director and Executive Director of Tennis Tasmania, Mark Handley said: “We are thrilled Venus has chosen to play at the Hobart International 2014.”

“Venus is a sustained superstar of world sport and we are wrapped she will be able to display her Grand Slam winning talent in Hobart.”

“This will be the first time she has made the journey to Tasmania and we look forward to welcoming her to Hobart and to help her prepare for the Australian Open.

“With both Sam Stosur and Venus now confirmed to compete in the event, we’re excited to showcase these two amazing athletes to the Tasmanian community at the Hobart International.”