Kerber was a tremendous tennis player at her peak, and while her peak is long gone, she hopes to demonstrate that she's still capable upon her return. She hasn't played for over a year due to her pregnancy but is hopeful to emulate what her compatriot Tatjana Maria did as a mother.
We've seen a couple of tennis players do some great things as mothers, including Caroline Wozniacki and Elina Svitolina who both had successful returns to the sport. The comeback will happen soon in Australia, and we'll see how things go.
There is a lot of buzz about her coming back because early reports indicate she's been looking very good in practice. One of the events she'll play on her comeback is the Hambrug Open which will be a very special thing for her.
She grew up in Kiel, near Hamburg, so this will be the closest she'll ever be to playing at home. In a press release, Kerber remembered going to the event as a kid, and now being able to play many years later is just a full circle moment.
As a child, I often went to the Rothenbaum tournament. Now I’m looking forward to competing in Hamburg for the first time. The city has a great tennis tradition with lots of fans. It’ll be a premiere for me as the event has a home-feel to it. Tennis is currently enjoying an upturn in Germany, and it’s all the more important that there’s also a world-class WTA tournament in the north of the country.
It will be the first time she plays in Hamburg in what will be a very packed return schedule.