Caroline Wozniacki received a wildcard entry to the Australian Open on Wednesday, making a comeback to Melbourne for the first time in four years since clinching the championship in 2018.
This marks her return to the Australian Open after a four-year absence. The 33-year-old tennis star retired after the 2020 Australian Open to start a family but made a comeback to the tour in August last year at the Montreal event.
After a hiatus of three years from Grand Slam events, the mother of two made a strong showing at the US Open, reaching the tournament's round of 16.
Expressing her delight at the wildcard, Wozniacki said, “I have countless fond memories of Melbourne, especially winning the Australian Open which remains a pinnacle of my career.” She highlighted her comfort and affection for the tournament, mentioning her love for the court, balls, and the fans' support.
Ranked at 242 in the world currently, the former number one expressed gratitude for the wildcard opportunity to compete at the Australian Open in January.
Wozniacki is intending to bring her two-year-old daughter Olivia and one-year-old son James to the Grand Slam event. She resides in Miami with her husband, former NBA star David Lee.
The Australian Open is scheduled to take place from January 14-28, with Aryna Sabalenka and Novak Djokovic defending their titles in the women's and men's categories, respectively.