We could assume this was going to happen, of course, but tennis fans did not know for sure until Wednesday that former WTA No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki would be awarded a wild card for the 2024 Australian Open. That was awarded to her and now she will definitely play in the first Grand Slam of next year which starts in just over a month. Wozniacki returned in August of 2023 after a long layoff, but she could be a real threat in 2024 after fully getting back into tennis shape.
She is only 33 years old, and she knows a bit about winning the Australian Open. She won the tournament in 2018. To date, that is her only Grand Slam victory, though she has spent 71 weeks as the WTA No. 1. She made the semifinals of the Australian Open in 2011 and then the quarterfinals in 2012.
She was among seven players on Wednesday to be informed they would be the first players to receive a wild card for the Aussie major. The six players other than Wozniacki are all Australian players. The tournament should also see the return of Naomi Osaka and Angelique Kerber, both of whom took maternity leave.
Caroline Wozniacki gets her wild card for the 2024 Australian Open
Wozniacki took maternity leave as well after the Australian Open in 2020. She did not return until this past August when she participated in the National Bank Open in Montreal. She lost in the round of 32 to Marketa Vondrousova.
The Dane played in the US Open in September as well and did not do poorly. She won her first three matches, while only dropping one set. She lost in the round of 16 to eventual champion Coco Gauff. Wozniacki still took the second set off Gauff 6-3.
Wozniacki said she will be taking her two young children and her husband, former NBA player, David Lee, to Melbourne as well. Let’s just hope the whole family has to stay in Australia for two weeks because that would mean Wozniacki is winning matches.