Big Caroline Wozniacki Wimbledon update drops after her father ripped WTA, RG & Rome

Wozniacki skipped the French Open after not being granted a main draw wildcard but now she has her eyes on Wimbledon.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Big Caroline Wozniacki Wimbledon update drops after her father ripped WTA, RG & Rome
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Caroline Wozniacki has entered the Wimbledon qualifying after the Dane's father issued some strong words against the WTA and French Open. 

On Wednesday, the names of former world No. 1 Wozniacki and 2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu appeared on the Wimbledon qualifying list. On paper, it is not surprising, given that Wozniacki is ranked at No. 117 in the world while Raducanu is currently using a protected ranking of No. 103. 

In Raducanu's case, the 21-year-old Briton signing up for the Wimbledon qualifying isn't particularly surprising but there is little to no doubt that she will receive a main draw wildcard. 

But Wozniacki entering the Wimbledon qualifying is a bit interesting since it comes just two weeks after her father Piotr absolutely unloaded on the WTA and also the Rome Open and French Open for not giving the 2018 Australian Open champion a main draw wildcard into those two tournaments. 

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Since ending her retirement last summer which lasted three and a half years, 33-year-old Wozniacki has appeared in a total of 10 tournaments, including the 2023 US Open and this year's Australian Open. Also, Wozniacki has competed in a couple of WTA 1000, for which she was also granted wildcards.

When Wozniacki announced her comeback, the general belief was that the 2018 Australian Open champion would have no issues playing wherever she wanted, considering her resume. But recently, the Danish former world No. 1 received a cold shower after the Rome Open and French Open decided against giving her a main draw wildcard. And Wozniacki didn't feel it was right and she didn't want to play in the qualifying of Rome and the French Open.

When it comes to Wimbledon, Wozniacki will likely get a main draw wildcard there as Wimbledon has a long history of respecting great champions. 

How Wozniacki's father Piotr ripped the WTA, Rome and French Open?

Since Wozniacki was out of action due to retirement, she didn't have a special ranking to use when she returned. But she is still a big name in women's tennis and the Dane's father thought the WTA and tournaments would show much more appreciation and respect for the former world No. 1

“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 sport.pl 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.

‌“Since last year all wildcards are the property of the tournaments and the WTA washes its hands of them. The effect? For the tournament in Rome, all the wild cards were given to Italians. I understand promoting your players, but how can you give the right to play in a tournament of this rank to girls who shouldn’t even think about playing in a WTA 1000 tournament?

‌“Sure we could [have entered qualifying] but Caroline said she didn’t work hard all her life and didn’t achieve that much to start like a junior now. At some point in life there should be respect in a sport in which a person meant something. Caroline is not the type of person who considers qualifying a dishonor. But in the case of Roland Garros, she wanted to see if she was respected. That’s why she didn’t enter qualifying.”

Caroline Wozniacki
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Wozniacki's father hinted she would play in the Wimbledon qualifying

During the same interview, Piotr Wozniacki indicated that his daughter - who turns 34 in July - may retire after the 2024 season ends. Also, Wozniacki's father suggested that the former world No. 1 would be willing to play in the Wimbledon qualifying if she was not granted a main draw wildcard there.

“I will tell you that Caroline will definitely not play next year. We have already decided this. Because there’s no point in going through something like that. They don’t take us seriously, so it’s a waste of our efforts," Piotr Wozniacki added in his interview.

‌“We will survive until the end of this season, until the last grand slam tournament, the US Open, and then we will leave it at that. We’ll see what happens with Wimbledon along the way. Before that, Caroline will try to play a tournament, maybe they will let us in. And at Wimbledon, if Caroline does not get a wild card, we will play qualifiers."

Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki © Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill
 

Before her first retirement from tennis, Wozniacki made 13 main draw appearances at Wimbledon and six times reached the round-of-16 but never a quarterfinal.

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