Russia’s Maria Sharapova will compete in the Brisbane International at January after obtaining a wildcard.
The 32-year old former world number one performed only 15 matches in 2019 due to a long-term shoulder injury. )
Five-period Grand Slam winner Sharapova last played a competitive game in the first round of the US Open at August.
“Brisbane, I’ve missed you and I’m so excited to be starting off my year 2020 at your tournament, in your city,” Sharapova stated in a social networking movie.
“I’ve missed the fans, I’ve missed the event so much, and I am so looking forward to seeing everyone.”
Also place to compete in the event, which runs from 6 to 2 12 January, is hitting winner Karolina Pliskova, world number one Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka and Venus Williams.
The championship is regarded as a warm-up for its very first Grand Slam of this calendar year, the Australian Open at Melbourne, which begins on 20 January.
With her standing of 133 on earth, Sharapova will probably require a wildcard to obtain immediate entry to the main draw of this Australian Open – a tournament she won in 2008.
She failed a drugs test in the 2016 Australian Open, resulting in some 15-month ban from tennis.