Former world number one Victoria Azarenka will return from a long injury lay-off at Eastbourne next week after receiving a wildcard for the Aegon International grasscourt tournament. The Belarusian has been out since March after suffering a left foot injury that forced her to miss the French Open.
“I’ve worked hard to rehabilitate my injury and to get fit for my return,” the two-time Australian Open told the tournament’s website. “I’ve played at Eastbourne three times and always enjoyed it. The grass courts are world class, which will give me the best possible start to the second half of the season, and the perfect preparation for Wimbledon.”