It got largely unnoticed by the media, but Patty Schnyder is making a comeback at the $50,000 Reinert Open in Versmold, Germany. The Swiss is a 36-year-old now and last year she gave birth to a daughter, Kim Ayla.
The former world No.7 got a wildcard into the qualifying draw and according to my photographer’s tweet, I see that he’s pondering whether to show up at the tournament to capture the big moment. Sure, we want your pics and report, Jimmie48! 🙂
Remember, Schnyder ended her illustrious 17-year career in 2011, following her first-round exit at the French Open, and has since been the topic of tabloids for turbulent financial life, as well as the divorce from her husband of almost a decade, Rainer Hofmann. Schnyder has been very discreet about the identity of her new boyfriend, i.e. Kim Ayla’s father.
Recent months have seen a surge of moms rejoining the tennis touring life: Tatjana Maria (at the ongoing Wimbledon beat Bojana Jovanovski in the first round, next up for her is now famous Duan Ying-Ying), Kateryna Bondarenko, Casey Dellacqua (beat Tamira Paszek in Wimbledon round one, next up for her is Elina Svitolina), Evgeniya Rodina (eliminated Laura Robson in the first round of Wimbledon and is scheduled to play Jelena Jankovic), and others.
UPDATE: Patty called off her comeback due to injury! :/ Oh well… (photo: ©Neal Trousdale)