Former world number one Victoria Azarenka awarded wildcard for 2018 Australian Open
Former world number one Victoria Azarenka has been awarded a wildcard for the Australian Open.
The 28-year-old missed this yr’s US Open and Belarus’ Fed Cup remaining because of an ongoing baby custody battle, and has not performed since Wimbledon.
She beforehand advised her followers she was not permitted to take her 11-month-old son, Leo, out of California.
But the two-time Australian Open champion has stated she might be returning to the court docket in Melbourne in January, with the event organisers promising to do all they will to make sure she is ready to compete.
Tournament director Craig Tiley stated: “Vika’s present state of affairs is clearly very troublesome for her and now we have reached out to supply any help we are able to.
“As a two-time Australian Open champion we’ve awarded her a wildcard and look forward to seeing her back on court.”
Azarenka received the Australian Open in 2012 (Getty)
Azarenka added: “I am so enthusiastic about coming again to Melbourne for the Australian Open – it is my favorite event.
“I’ve received there twice and all the time really feel so comfy on court docket and the town is nice.
“It’s been a tough year and being able to come back to the AO will be a really positive way to start 2018.”
The Belarusian, who has received 20 WTA singles titles, is at present ranked 210 within the world.