Published: Fri, December 29, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Serena Williams Returns To Tennis

Serena Williams Returns To Tennis

The event runs from December 28 to 30 and is regularly a men's pre-season competition, but could not apparently resist luring Williams after men's injury pullouts from Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, and Milos Raonic in quick order after all failed to recover fully from 2017 injuries.

This has been a big year for tennis champion Serena Williams.

Back in April, a representative for Williams announced that the former world number one will take a maternity leave after giving birth to her child until 2018.

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"It's (2017) been a real roller-coaster ride for me for a year and a half with this issue".

However, Djokovic has had a full pre-season schedule and is set to return to play in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi before preparing for the Australian Open next month. Their match also marks the very first time women have competed in this tournament.

Djokovic has since slid to 12th in the world rankings, his lowest position in more than a decade.

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"To do well here would be an incredible feeling but I'm not going to weigh my whole year and rest of career on the next three, four weeks", she said. It was a big decision, a big call to make. "It was like, that's it, you can't lift your arm", Djokovic told Sport360 in an interview.

Ostapenko said, "I am thrilled to be playing in Abu Dhabi at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship". In January, she won the Australian Open yet again, marking her 23rd Grand Slam singles victory and putting her second on the all-time list (behind Margaret Court, who won 24 Grand Slams throughout her career).

Djokovic has added Radek Stepanek to his new coaching team spearheaded by American great Andre Agassi. And it was a great lesson to learn to be honest.

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In a press conference held just before his exhibition event in Glasgow on Nov 7, he said that such a long lead-in "might help it level it up a little bit for me" after the six months he has spent off the tour.

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