Former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki picked up a racket this year just because she wanted to "get into shape" after welcoming her second child but then started having fun and then her tennis comeback happened. Wozniacki, who returned to pro tennis in August and turned 33 that month, initially ended her pro tennis career after the 2020 Australian Open.
In late June, Wozniacki announced a stunning return to tennis after being retired for three and a half years. During her retirement, Wozniacki was often asked by fans if there was a chance of her returning but she would always indicate that her playing days were over.
After welcoming her first baby in 2021 June, Wozniacki became a mother for the second time in 2022 October.
Wozniacki on what led to her comeback
“I texted my friend, who I've been hitting with on a regular basis throughout my career, and said: ‘Hey, can we set up a once-a-week hit, just so that I can get a sweat going and a little bit of cardio?’ That's kind of how it started – it was really innocent.
I didn't really have any other motives other than just trying to get back into shape after James was born. I needed a break after playing for so many years, and I didn't miss hitting balls at all … And all of a sudden I just go, ‘Wow, I miss hitting a clean ball, I miss hitting it in the middle of the racquet’.
Let's just go out there, get a sweat going, get the timing and just have fun with it. It was a completely different mindset, and I think that's also why I felt like I hit the ball better than ever, because there was no pressure, no reason to stress over anything," Wozniacki said on The AO Show podcast.
Meanwhile, Wozniacki is kicking off her 2024 season at the ASB Classic. After Auckland, Wozniacki will play at the Australian Open, where she was given a wildcard.