Caroline Wozniacki returned to the Grand Slam level at the US Open recently and talked about that experience.
Wozniacki made a shocking return to tennis during the summer, playing her first event at the Canadian Open. She also played in the coming weeks, finishing up at the US Open, where she pushed eventual champion Coco Gauff to three sets.
That was all we saw from Wozniacki this year as she called time on her season early to better prepare for next year and rest up after this experience. Speaking to Stuff, Wozniacki talked about the incredible experience of returning to tennis.
It was so nice playing on the big courts. I was treated extremely well at the US Open and got to play one match on Armstrong (the second biggest court), then everything else on Ashe. What an honour that was and playing in front of the packed crowds was something so special to me, why I love playing this game and why I work so hard to reach the highest level.
Getting back to tennis was an itch Wozniacki had to scratch, especially after being in the booth for a few years. It was a pretty good comeback all things considered though it was harder than she pictured in her head. That's normal, it generally is.
It’s one thing seeing it from the outside, it’s much easier in my head to do the big rallies and say what I’m supposed to do in the moment. But it’s a different thing when you actually have to do it on the court.
I was very pleased with the way I managed to compete after so long away from the game and it’s not easy to come back to play points at such a high level and play back to back. I think I did very well, it was a great start to my comeback and it gave me a lot of positive information on what I need to do better for the start next season and go even further in tournaments.