Half a year after giving birth to her son Leo, Victoria Azarenka returned to competitive tennis at the Mallorca Open in June 2017, but after just six matches played, two at the Spanish tournament and four at Wimbledon, the Belarusian was forced to sideline her tennis career again because of a custody battle with the baby’s father Bill McKeague and there will be no resumption at the start of 2018.
The court procedure that we first heard about in August is apparently not over yet and Azarenka is still not able to travel to tournaments, because she can leave California only after the dispute with her ex is resolved. The two-time Grand Slam champion has notified the January 1st – January 6th ASB Classic that she will be unable to arrive for “personal reasons.”
Tournament director Karl Budge said:
That’s a tough one for her. She’s been training hard and is a professional tennis player that wants to be playing tennis.
We can assume that Vika will not play the Australian Open either, for which she has been given a wildcard.