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Venus Williams' return to Indian Wells a lesson in forgiveness

After 15 years, Venus Williams is set to end her boycott of Indian Wells.

Just as it did for sister Serena in 2015, Venus' return is resonating among many influential tennis figures in tennis.

Here's what they had to say:

Chris Evert, ESPN analyst and 18-time Grand Slam winner: "It was a horrible experience for both Venus and Serena, and both are forgiving of the treatment they received. They have both grown up and evolved into compassionate women and have moved forward. They want to leave no stone unturned before they retire."

Zina Garrison, 1990 Wimbledon runner-up: "When you see what's happening in the world right now, it's great to see athletes who have gone through adversity, and who are able to forgive and to overcome those things. It's good for young people to see that, as it gives you hope.

"I think that Venus experienced this in a very different way to how Serena experienced it. Venus was right in the midst of [the crowd]. Venus and Serena are different people, too, and they have come to this in different ways. Venus came to grips with everything in her own time, and she's coming back at the time that's best for her.

"All those experiences that she's been though, she's grown because of them, and this is the perfect time for Venus to come back. This will be great for her. It's a big thing for the tournament to have both of the sisters playing again. It definitely adds something to the tournament. There will be emotions when Venus plays, definitely emotions. But what she has been though in her life -- her illness, and the tragedy in her family -- this is something else she can overcome."

Nick Bollettieri, hall-of-fame tennis coach: "No matter where they go, successful people, including athletes, create interest and participation. When Tiger Woods was in his prime, golf attendance and TV viewership was at an all-time high. Tennis events are no different. You need the stars and the best players to draw the attendance and create the excitement.

"Having both Venus and Serena playing again at Indian Wells this year will create a buzz and additional interest in this great event. Venus is playing very well. I'm sure she will have some inner thoughts, and who doesn't? But I know she will perform, as she always has, with grace and a fierce competitive spirit."

Paul Annacone, former coach of Pete Sampras and Roger Federer: "Clearly, it's always great for any event to have both Venus and Serena in their field. For Indian Wells to have them both back after so many years just magnifies the impact. They are legends, and we don't know how long they will play so wherever they play makes it more valuable and precious. I can only guess how Venus is going to feel when she's back on court, but I would think there will be a few nerves and maybe apprehension.

"But after seeing Serena's warm reception from last year, I think the focus will quickly turn to competing and playing her best tennis, and executing her strategy. She's seen so many different types of environments, and those experiences can only help."

Pam Shriver, ESPN analyst and 21-time doubles Grand Slam winner: "After 15 years, having both Venus and Serena back at Indian Wells will signal even more healing and forgiveness. Moving on is important for everyone, and it was hard to 100 percent move on from 15 years ago without Venus playing Indian Wells again, too.

"Venus has been more private about her reasons for not playing and she is not as emotional as Serena, so while I would expect some emotion from Venus, compared to Serena, it will be much more understated. I am not surprised, though, that she is coming back, and I think she would have come back sooner but did not want to hurt her sister or dad and play before they were ready to have a Williams back in the field."