Caroline Wozniacki clears air on father's retirement claim, harsh criticism of WTA

Wozniacki responds to her father Piotr ripping the WTA and claiming she would retire after this season.

by Dzevad Mesic
Caroline Wozniacki clears air on father's retirement claim, harsh criticism of WTA
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Caroline Wozniacki has dismissed her father's claims that she will be retiring again after this season but noted that more could be done to support mothers on the WTA Tour. 

After former world No. 1 Wozniacki was not granted main draw wildcards into the Rome Open and the French Open, her father and coach Piotr unloaded on the two tournaments but also on the WTA. In his rant, Piotr Wozniacki ripped the WTA as "pathological" and slammed them over "operating in an amateur fashion." 

“Caroline is a perfect example to show everyone how pathological women’s tennis is. My daughter does not have a protected ranking because she had a long break, and that’s fine," Piotr Wozniacki told in late May. 

‌“But isn’t it worth helping such a girl if she decided to come back? The WTA believes that it is operating in an amateur fashion in the largest professional women’s sport of all sports in the world. It turns out that when someone like Caroline Wozniacki comes back as Caroline Wozniacki and family, she is no longer welcome."

In the same interview, Wozniacki's father indicated that the 2018 Australian Open champion would be done with pro tennis after this season.

But at the start of her grass season at this week's WTA 250 tournament in Birmingham, Wozniacki shut down that claim.

“I think sometimes my dad gets a little ahead of himself. It’s definitely not something we’ve talked about," Wozniacki told the PA news agency.

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Wozniacki on how she feels as a mother on the WTA Tour

After retiring from pro tennis in 2020, Wozniacki welcomed two kids. Then last summer, the 33-year-old Dane stunned the tennis community when she out of the blue announced that she was returning to tennis after being retired for three and a half years. 

When announcing the news, it was also revealed that Wozniacki was granted a wildcard into a WTA 1000 tournament in Montreal to start her comeback there. The former world No. 1 then also played at a WTA 1000 tournament in Cincinnati and the US Open before shutting down her season and focusing on 2024. 

This year, Wozniacki was also awarded wildcards into the Australian Open, as well as WTA 1000 tournaments in Indian Wells, Miami and Madrid. This week, Wozniacki was able to start her grass season in Birmingham after the tournament gave her a main draw wildcard - she lost to Elise Mertens in the first round on Tuesday.

Overall, the 33-year-old Dane feels about how she has been treated since returning but believes that more could be done to support mothers on the Tour since the number of players returning after pregnancy has increased over the last couple of years. 

“I think I’ve been treated very well. The tournaments have really embraced me coming back and with kids," Wozniacki said. 

“Where I do share my view, and where a lot of other women on tour share the view, is I think there should be more done for women coming back from maternity leave. It has been looked at because obviously there’s more players now that want to come back but, at the same time, it’s not the same as coming back from an injury.

“As someone who came back after almost four years, I think when you give birth and for the body to recover, you’ve grown a human inside you, there’s a lot of changes that are happening in the body after that.

“I think in general women deserve more time to feel, ‘OK, now I’m ready, I can really prepare and get ready for competing at the highest level.'"

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Wozniacki on the possibility of getting a Wimbledon wildcard

After the French Open rejected to give Wozniacki a main draw wildcard, the former world No. 1 requested to be given one by Wimbledon. Since Wimbledon has a long history of treating past champions and great players very respectfully, the general expectation and belief is that the 2018 Australian Open champion will be handed out a main draw wildcard into The Championships. 

Personally, Wozniacki hopes that will be the case and she will also play at Wimbledon for the first time since 2019.

“We’ll see what happens, I’m hoping for the best,” Wozniacki said.

“I have so many special memories. I won junior Wimbledon back in 2005, so it’s a long time ago. There’s something so special about playing on Wimbledon’s Centre Court that you can’t replicate anywhere else.”

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Since making her Wimbledon main draw debut in 2007, Wozniacki has made 13 appearances at The All England Club. 

A bit surprisingly, Wozniacki made the round-of-16 at Wimbledon six times but it remains the only Slam where she hasn't made the quarterfinal. In her last Wimbledon appearance in 2019, Wozniacki exited the tournament in the third round.

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