Former British number-one Laura Robson will make her long-awaited return to competitive tennis at Devonshire Park this weekend.
After much speculation it was finally confirmed on Thursday afternoon that Robson will received a wildcard and enter Saturday’s qualifying rounds of the AEGON International.
Robson, 21, has not played since last year’s Australian Open because of an injury to her left wrist that required surgery just over a year ago.
She had planned to return at last month’s French Open only for a hamstring injury to further delay her comeback.
Robson said, “I am looking forward to making my return to the tour and I am excited to compete in front of the great Eastbourne fans again.”
Her return is also likely to see her receive one of the second set of wildcards for this year’s Wimbledon.
Robson achieved a world ranking of 27 before her injury setback and twice reached a Grand Slam fourth round, including at Wimbledon in 2013.
It is thought Robson would have received a wildcard into the main draw but with the likes of Wimbledon champion, Petra Kvitova in the draw, Saturday’s qualifying should enable her to ease her way back gently to the demands of tournament tennis.
Daniela Hantuchova, Julia Goerges and Kirsten Flipkens will also feature in Saturday’s qualifiers at Devonshire Park.
Headlining the main draw are crowd favourite Caroline Wozniacki, Wimbledon champ Kvitova, Wimbledon finalist Eugine Bouchard, two time Eastbourne finalist Angelique Kerber and British No.1 Heather Watson. Eastbourne’s Johanna Konta received a wildcard into the main draw.
I am looking forward to making my return to the tour and I am excited to compete in front of the great Eastbourne fans againLaura Robson
Tournament director Gavin Fletcher said, “The Aegon International is a great opportunity for tennis fans to come and support some of the rising stars of British tennis.”