The former World No. 1 will be playing in her first event since her retirement in 2020
Tennis Canada, organizers of the 2023 National Bank Open presented by Rogers, has announced that Caroline Wozniacki, former World No. 1 and champion at the 2010 edition of the tournament, will receive a wild card into the main draw of the event taking place in Montreal from August 4 to 13. After stepping away from the game in 2020 and giving birth to two children, the Danish star revealed today that she will be returning to professional tennis and will begin her comeback on Canadian soil.
“I am extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to play at the National Bank Open,” said Wozniacki. “I won my first big title in Montreal when I was just 20 years old, making it particularly fitting to be the tournament that kickstarts this second chapter in my career. I cannot wait to get back on the courts and compete against the best players in the world. I have missed it tremendously.”
Wozniacki, a 30-time singles champion on the WTA Tour, will be competing at the National Bank Open for the 12th time in her career. She’s reached the finals at the event on two separate occasions – winning in 2010 against Vera Zvonareva and falling to Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina in 2017. The biggest title of Wozniacki’s career came in 2018 when she took out top-seeded Simona Halep of Romania at the Australian Open to claim the prestigious Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup.
“We are thrilled to welcome Caroline (Wozniacki) back to the WTA Tour and back to Montreal,” said Valérie Tétreault, Tournament Director of the National Bank Open in Montreal. “She has done so much for the sport of tennis, on and off the court, and we are honoured that our tournament will be her first event as she returns to the tour. I’m sure the fans in Montreal will be excited to see her back in action after her three-year absence from professional tennis. We wish her all the best throughout this exciting journey.”
The wild card that Wozniacki was awarded – a Top 20 Wild Card – is reserved for players who were former World No. 1's, ranked inside the Top 20 in 2022, or have previously won a Grand Slam, WTA Finals, or a WTA 1000 tournament in singles.
With the wild card, Wozniacki becomes the first player to officially join the field for the 2023 National Bank Open. On July 13, the National Bank Open organizing committee will be unveiling the remainder of its entry list for the WTA event in Montreal. In addition, one more Top 20 Wild Card, as well as three tournament wild cards that will be awarded to Canadian players, are set to be distributed closer to the start of the tournament.
About the National Bank Open presented by Rogers
The National Bank Open presented by Rogers is a Tennis Canada owned and operated world-class tournament celebrating over 129 years of the women’s event from August 4-13 at IGA Stadium in Montreal and over 140 years of the men’s event from August 5-13 at Sobeys Stadium in Toronto. As a Hologic WTA 1000 and ATP Tour Masters 1000 tournament, the National Bank Open presented by Rogers will showcase the world's best players. The National Bank Open presented by Rogers is the third-oldest title in tennis, behind only Wimbledon and the US Open. For more information and tickets visit www.nationalbankopen.com.
About Tennis Canada
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