Angelique Kerber is aiming to play three comeback tournaments in January and is also working with coach Torben Beltz ahead of her comeback to tennis, per BILD. Kerber, 35, welcomed her first child, baby girl Liana, in February.
Kerber, who hasn't played since 2022 Wimbledon, has reportedly been practicing at the Angie Kerber Tennis Academy in Puszczykowo, Poland. In January, Kerber plans to play two tournaments leading up to the Australian Open. Also, Bild reports that she is being accompanied by coach Beltz, who was her coach when she lifted her first two Grand Slam titles in 2016.
After working with Emma Raducanu in the first part of the 2022 season, Beltz most recently worked with Anett Kontaveit, who retired from pro tennis after Wimbledon.
“I was on the road without a coach before my baby break, but it’s clear that I need a coach for my comeback,” Kerber recently said.
Kerber reunites with Beltz ahead of her comeback
Kerber, a three-time Grand Slam champion and a former world No 1, will be turning 36 in January.
Also, Kerber will be playing her first tournaments after being out for a year and a half. In one of her recent interviews, Kerber admitted that her goal will be to do very well when she returns to tennis. But also, Kerber noted she is aware that she may be facing a long read to rediscovering her best tennis.
"I have high expectations of myself, that hasn't changed. On the other hand, I'm also aware of how long the way back can be. I don't want to come back just to play. That would be the wrong attitude, I don't have to prove anything to anyone anymore.
That's why I'm taking my time now to get fit. I could probably play Wimbledon and the US Open this year, but not at the level I imagine. The goal is the Grand Slam tournaments, that's what I'm working towards. And of course the 2024 Olympics in Paris," Kerber told BILD in June.
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