Polish tennis star Agnieszka Radwanska spent two weeks training in Dubai in preparation for the 2018 season.
The former Wimbledon finalist sat down with Sport360 to answer some rapid fire questions about her toughest rivals on tour, which players have the best shots on the circuit, and who has the best fashion sense.
The former world No. 1, who returned from maternity leave at the Mallorca Open in June, has not competed since Wimbledon last July due to an ongoing custody battle that has kept her in California
Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said that every assistance would be provided to the Belarusian in order for her to compete at the event where she has achieved her greatest success.
“Vika’s current situation is obviously very difficult for her and we have reached out to offer any support we can,” said Tiley.
“As a two-time Australian Open champion we’ve awarded her a wildcard and look forward to seeing her back on court in Melbourne in January.”
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Azarenka is looking forward to returning to Melbourne and the Australian Open where she has hoisted the trophy in 2012 and 2013.
“I’m so excited about coming back to Melbourne for the Australian Open, it’s my favourite tournament,” Azarenka said.
“I’ve won there twice and always feel so comfortable on court and the city is great.
“It’s been a tough year and being able to come back to the AO will be a really positive way to start 2018. I’d like to thank Craig and his team for their understanding and support and can’t wait to see all my Aussie fans again.”
Azarenka is currently ranked 210 in the world having competed in just two tournaments in 2017, reaching the second round in Mallorca and the fourth round at Wimbledon.
The the upcoming Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC) is offering a unique chance for all aspiring young journalists to become the official ‘kiddie reporter’ for the 10th edition of the tournament, which will run from December 28-30.
MWTC invites boys and girls between the ages of 6 to 14 to submit a video to show off their journalistic skills.
The winner will receive the priceless opportunity to attend post-match press conferences and report live from the 10th edition of the MWTC, which has a line-up of international tennis superstars including current world No. 1 Rafael Nadal, 12-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic, three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka, world No. 5 Dominic Thiem, US Open semi-finalist Pablo Carreño Busta and 2016 Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic.
The MWTC kiddie reporter will also be mentored by Dubai Eye’s sports presenter Chris McHardy.
To participate, post your videos before December 14 on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #MWTCKiddieReporter.