Recent talk has surrounded whether Emma Raducanu would start her season at the ASB Classic in Auckland or Naomi Osaka, but the first player who has been confirmed for the season opener is in fact Caroline Wozniacki.
Albeit Wozniacki who made her comeback earlier this year has already played as of late, she will not be on court again until 2024. A semi-surprise move given that she would likely have to rely on wildcards due to playing minimal tournaments in her return.
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As well as the fact that like previously reported, Wozniacki would be battling the likes of Osaka, Raducanu, Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams for wildcards. But in the case of Auckland, she will be there and taking her kids along too.
It will be a return to a tournament she knows well having played it seven times since 2009. Taking place between January 1-13, 2024, it could see a lesser line-up due to the United Cup which tournament director Nicolas Lamperin has already said is the route for Naomi Osaka.
“I’m so excited to come back to Auckland. I have amazing memories from playing in Auckland," said Wozniacki on Instagram. "It’s going to be my children’s first time there. It’s amazing that I can come back and prepare as well as I possibly can for the Australian Open."
"I love the fans in Auckland. I always have had an amazing time there. I thought it was going to be my best preparation and also the best place for my family to come and start the new season,” she added further.