Kim targeting Monterrey, but Miami?
Kim Clijsters planned comeback too tennis has been delayed. It was announced a while back that a knee injury had forced her out of the Australian Open but her first planned tournament looks set to be Monterrey in February.
The former number one has received a wildcard for the event likewise for Indian Wells but not Miami as of yet. Kim of course completed the sunshine double in 2005.
Another wildcard has also been giving to the Belgian in Charleston meaning that all world number ones have now played on the blue clay.
Serena and Caro to team up
In a few weeks time we will see the end of Caroline Wozniacki’s tennis career. The Dane announced following the Australian Open she will call it a day. Caro is set to play in Auckland followed by Melbourne but in Auckland Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki have teamed up to play doubles together for the first time.
The two are best friends on the tour and are set to play a goodbye exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark later in the year in front of a Wozniacki home crowd.
Lucas Pouille to miss Melbourne
Lucas Pouille ranked at 22 in the world is set to take a big hit to his ranking. Injury has forced him to withdraw from Adelaide and the Australian Open where he was a semi-finalist last year.
Following his run to the semi-finals in Melbourne his season fell away. Missing Melbourne will mean his ranking will take a big hit and will drop outside the top 50 in the world.
Andreescu’s knee injury goes on
Bianca Andreescu made incredible stories on the tour last season but a theme despite multiple success was her injuries.
Her season ended with a knee injury forcing her to retire at the WTA Finals and her season has been delayed having to withdraw from Auckland with the knee issue still a problem.
Doubts are now there about the Canadian’s participation in the Australian Open in a few weeks time.
Nishikori’s Melbourne doubt
Kei Nishikori is a doubt for the Australian Open.
Following surgery on his arm at the end of the year there is still some uncertainty about how fit the former US Open finalist is. Kei is set to play in Hawaii still over New Year before a decision will be made on his early season scheduling.
Boulter to return!
Katie Boulter missed a lot of tennis following her Fed Cup heroics for Great Britain which ended up being null and void due to the Fed Cup format change.
A back injury pretty much ended her season but it is good to see the Brit back on a draw sheet having used her protected ranking to enter the Australian Open main draw.