Caroline Wozniacki makes deeply honest admission ahead of Australia return

Wozniacki set to play in Australia again after previously ending her career there in 2020.

by Dzevad Mesic
Caroline Wozniacki makes deeply honest admission ahead of Australia return
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Caroline Wozniacki says it feels "really incredible" to be returning to Australia in 2024 and admits that she thought her pro tennis days were definitely over after the 2020 Australian Open. Wozniacki, who won her first Grand Slam title at the 2018 Australian Open, retired at Melbourne Park in 2020.

After being retired for three and a half years, 33-year-old Wozniacki returned to pro tennis in August. This week, the Australian Open organizers handed out a main draw wildcard to the Dane. In January, Wozniacki will be playing in Australia again after four years.

Wozniacki on retiring in Australia and returning to Australia

"It's really incredible that I get another chance of competing in Australia; I really thought when I retired in 2020 that that was going to be my last tournament, my last match.

There was a reason why I decided to (retire) in Australia, is because it's so special to me. I feel I have so much support there, I obviously won my first Grand Slam there, and it's just the happy Slam. But, lo and behold, three years later, I realized I still have something to give to the sport, and my passion's still there, and I feel like I'm still young enough to give it one last try.

I can't believe that it's only five weeks away. It feels like after the US Open I had so much time to prepare, and all of a sudden it's really sneaking up on me. I'm just so excited to be back," Wozniacki said on the The AO Show podcast.

Wozniacki maybe hasn't played at Melbourne Park since 2020 but she is a very familiar face there. In 2008, Wozniacki made her Australian Open debut by reaching the round-of-16. In 2024 January, Wozniacki will be making her 14th Australian Open appearance.

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