Caroline Wozniacki is preparing to start her 2024 season as the Dane jokingly says she is "hoping for the best" ahead of her long flight to Auckland with two kids. After retiring from pro tennis in 2020 January, Wozniacki became a mother for the first time in 2021 June after her daughter Olivia was born. In 2022 October, Wozniacki announced the birth of her son James. After welcoming two kids, 33-year-old Wozniacki ended her tennis retirement after three and a half years and officially returned to tennis in August.
"16 hour flight with 2 kiddos is about to begin. Hoping for the best," Wozniacki captioned her Instagram post.
Wozniacki is a very familiar face in Auckland
Wozniacki, who made her Auckland debut in 2009, made seven appearances at the tournament between 2009 and 2020. In Auckland, Wozniacki has had several deep runs as she is a two-time finalist and she was also a semifinalist on two other occasions.
“It is going to be my children’s first time there. It’s amazing that I can come back and prepare as well as I can for the Australian Open. I love the fans in Auckland. It is always such a great event. I have always had an amazing time there. I thought it was going to be the best place for my preparation and the best place for my family to come and start the new season," Wozniacki said in a statement in September after announcing her 2024 season would start at the ASB Classic.
Wozniacki is a very familiar face in Auckland and the tournament organizers couldn't hide their happiness after the Dane signed up to play in 2024.
“Caroline is an extraordinary woman who is such a remarkable role model as a professional tennis player and person, and now showing that motherhood is no barrier. She has been a marvellous supporter of the ASB Classic and Auckland, and we are honoured and genuinely thrilled to host her back in our city. After watching her play in New York, I know that Caroline will be a genuine contender here," Auckland tournament director Nicolas Lamperin said in a statement at the time.