Caroline Wozniacki has announced that her first tournament in the 2024 season will be the ASB Classic in Auckland, as she prepares to return to the Australian Open for the first time in four years. This will be a special trip to New Zealand for the former world No.1, as she will be accompanied by her two children for the first time.
“Caroline is an extraordinary woman who is such a remarkable role model as a professional tennis player and person, and now showing that motherhood is no barrier,” ASB Classic Tournament Director, Nico Lamperin, said in a statement. “She has been a marvellous supporter of the ASB Classic and Auckland, and we are honoured and genuinely thrilled to host her back in our city.”
The ASB Classic holds a special place in Wozniacki’s career, with notable finishes as the runner-up to Venus Williams in 2015 and Julia Goerges in 2018, along with semifinal defeats to Sloane Stephens in 2016 and Jessica Pegula in 2020. In 2024, Wozniacki will make her eighth appearance at the WTA 250 tournament.
“It is going to be my children’s first time there,” said Wozniacki. “It’s amazing that I can come back and prepare as well as I can for the Australian Open.”
The 33-year-old Wozniacki retired following the 2020 Australian Open. After giving birth to daughter Olivia in 2021 and son James in 2022, the Dane decided to revive her tennis career and returned to the Hologic WTA Tour in August. The highlight of her comeback so far has been the fourth-round finish at the US Open.