Former world No 21 Amanda Anisimova is ready to return after taking a mental health break as the American is set to compete at the ASB Classic in Auckland. Anisimova, 22, announced in early May that she was stepping away from pro tennis to address her mental health and the burnout she was dealing with.
This week, the ASB Classic in Auckland announced Anisimova as a main draw wildcard recipient. The Auckland event will be taking place between January 01-07, which means Anisimova will make her comeback in the first week of the new season.
In January, Anisimova will be making her third Auckland appearance. Anisimova's Auckland debut came in 2019, when she reached the quarterfinal before losing to Viktoria Hruncakova. The following year, Anisimova returned to Auckland and this time went a step further as she was beaten by Serena Williams in the semifinal.
The Auckland organizers offered a main draw wildcard to Anisimova
Anisimova, currently ranked at No 367 in the world, recently started indicating on social media that she started practicing and training again. Then, Anisimova signed up for the Australian Open.
When Auckland tournament director Nicolas Lamperin noticed that Anisimova signed up for the Australian Open, he reached out to the American's team and offered an ASB Classic main draw wildcard. “To be honest, I don’t have many details about how she went through that period [away from tennis].
When this kind of situation happens, I’m in favour of giving some time and not being in touch so much. I would speak to the agent and try to get an update from time to time, to see if there was any time frame of when she might consider going back to the Tour.
I found out randomly that she had entered the Australian Open and this is how we got in contact and I think the deal was done in five minutes," Lamperin said.