Paris – Former world number one and two-time Grand Slam
title winner Victoria Azarenka returns to tennis after a year’s absence this
week, claiming “I’m ready for a new part of my career”.
The 27-year-old Azarenka hasn’t played since the 2016 French
Open, taking time out to give birth to her first child Leo.
“My life has taken a 180-degree turn but I have not
lost my competitive spirit,” the Belarusian told reporters at the Mallorca
Open on Sunday.
“Here begins a new part of my career.”
Azarenka, the 2012 and 2013 Australian Open champion, gave
birth to Leo in December last year.
Her absence from the tour means she is without a world
ranking and required a wild card to get into the Mallorca event which starts on
She faces Risa Ozaki of Japan in the first round of the
grass court tournament which will be Azarenka’s only competitive event before
Wimbledon gets underway on July 3.