FILE – This Friday, October 4th, 2019, the Danish Caroline Wozniacki reacts after defeating Daria Kasatkina from Russia in the quarter-final game Wozniacki announced on Friday December 6, 2019 that it will retire after the Australian Open (AP Photo / Mark Schiefelbein, file).
AUCKLAND, New Zealand – Long-time friends Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki will play doubles together for the first time on January 6th at the ASB Classic of the WTA Tour in Auckland.
Former number 1 Wozniacki has started their season in Auckland every year since 2015 and made the hard court tournament the first stop on their short farewell tour.
29-year-old Wozniacki was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis shortly after winning the Australian Open in 2018. She will step down from tennis next month after the Melbourne Open.
Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam winner, has played in a double with none other than her sister Venus since the Fed Cup World Group playoffs in 2015. Her last WTA tournament in a double without Venus was in 2002.
Wozniacki has not played a double in over three years.
The two are close friends. Williams was Wozniacki's bridesmaid at their wedding earlier this year and will be showing an exhibition in Copenhagen in May, Wozniacki's last match before his retirement.
“We wanted to play doubles together for a long time, but it just didn't work. So I am very excited that it will finally happen, especially at one of my favorite tournaments on tour, ”said Wozniacki said. "It will be so much fun!"
"This is a couple I think tennis fans have been waiting for a long time," said tournament director Karl Budge on Tuesday. "Having Serena and Caroline on the same side of the net is an amazing opportunity for tennis fans to witness the history of the game."
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