Angelique Kerber’s eagerly awaited return to the tennis tour following her baby break is taking shape. The 35-year-old, who welcomed her first child in February, has entered the United Cup (December 29 to January 7) in Perth and Sydney. Joining Kerber on the entry list are fellow German stars Alexander Zverev and Tatjana Maria, all seeking valuable match practice ahead of the Australian Open. Kerber’s participation in the United Cup is a clear indication of her determination to make a successful comeback to the sport. The three-time Grand Slam champion has been training hard in recent months and is eager to resume her career at the highest level. The United Cup will provide Kerber with the perfect opportunity to assess her fitness and form ahead of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year.

In the summer, Kerber had already declared the start of the tennis season in Australia as a “clear goal” for her comeback.

The former world number one has been training for this in Puszczykowo, Poland, for several weeks now, and her former successful coach Torben Beltz is also part of the team again. Kerber played her last match on the tour so far in Wimbledon in July 2022.

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Superstar Rafael Nadal, who was part of the Spanish team at last year’s premiere, has not entered the United Cup.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion has not played a match since the Australian Open in January.

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