Two-time champ Azarenka gets Australian Open wild card

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 13, 2017 08:21 AM
Two-time champ Azarenka gets Australian Open wild card
FILE - Victoria Azarenka of Belarus returns to Russia's Elena Vesnina during their Women's Singles Match on day three at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Wednesday, July 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Two-time former champion Victoria Azarenka has been awarded a wild card for the Australian Open.

Azarenka, who won the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013, has been involved in a custody dispute involving her son Leo, who was born last Dec. 19.

She hasn't competed anywhere since Wimbledon, where she lost to Simona Halep in the fourth round on July 10. The dispute with her former partner started shortly after Wimbledon ended.

Azarenka has played only six matches this year and is ranked 208th.

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said on Wednesday that every assistance would be provided to the former No. 1, adding "Vika's current situation is obviously very difficult for her and we have reached out to offer any support we can."

The Australian Open starts on Jan. 15.

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