(June 11, 2014) Former world No.1 Victoria Azarenka will make her return the WTA tour at the Aegon International in Eastbourne, taking a wild card into the event which runs from June 14th to 21st .
Azarenka, a 2010 Eastbourne finalist, has not played since a left foot injury sidelined her after Indian Wells in March.
Belarusian Azarenka said she is excited to make her return to the WTA Tour at the prestigious Aegon International which celebrates its 40th anniversary this summer.
“I’ve worked hard to rehabilitate my injury and to get fit for my return,” said Azarenka.
“I’ve played at Eastbourne three times and always enjoyed it. The grass courts are world class which will give me the best possible start to the second half of the season, and the perfect preparation for Wimbledon,” she said.
“I have great memories of playing at Eastbourne, particularly in 2010 when I reached the final, and 2014 is obviously a very special year for the tournament. The draw is incredibly strong as usual, and I am very excited to be a part of that,” she said.
Gavin Fletcher, Tournament Director at the Aegon International, said: “It’s fantastic that Victoria Azarenka will make her make her return to the tour, and to Devonshire Park on the 40th anniversary of the tournament.
“Once again the event has attracted an incredible line-up with five players in the world’s top 10 and ten of the world’s top 20 competing including world No.4 Agnieszka Radwanska, world No.6 and former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki.”