THE country’s most successful women tennis player Cara Black is set to make a formal return to the courts after she was confirmed as one of the participants at the ASB Tennis Classic, which kicks off in Auckland, New Zealand, on Saturday next week.
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Black has been given a doubles wildcard, making her return to the tour after a year out following the birth of her first child Lachlan.
In confirming the entry yesterday, tournament director Karl Budge said: “Black is a good get.”
Budge told New Zealand media that they were thrilled to have her as she was one of the most successful doubles players of all time.
Black will team up with Aussie Anastasia Rodionova. This would be the fourth time Black would be competing at the $235 000 ASB Classic.
The 32-year old won the tournament twice playing in the doubles in the year 2000 and recently in 2010. She reached the final in 2003 when she partnered Russian Elena Likhovtseva.
Black has been making a steady comeback, taking part in some low key tournaments in Australia where she is currently based.
Last month, Black partnered Rodionova to win the $25 000 William Loud Bendingo International, Australian Pro Tour.
She also competed in the Traralgon tour, which was also hosted in Australia in the same month, but lost in the finals.