AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) – Longtime friends Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki will play doubles for the first time at the WTA Tour's ASB Classic in Auckland from January 6.
Former No.1 Wozniacki started her season in Auckland every year since 2015 and made the hard court tournament the first stop of her short farewell tour.
Wozniacki, 29, was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis shortly after winning the 2018 Australian Open and will retire from tennis after competing in the Melbourne Open next month.
23-time Grand Slam winner Williams has not played doubles with anyone but his sister Venus since the Fed Cup World Group playoff in 2015. His last WTA doubles tournament without Venus was in 2002.
Wozniacki hasn't played doubles in over three years.
The two are close friends. Williams was Wozniacki's bridesmaid at her wedding earlier this year and will perform in Copenhagen in May, Wozniacki's final departure before retirement.
"We wanted to play doubles together for a long time, but it didn't work out. I'm really excited that this will finally happen, especially in one of my favorite tournaments on the tour," said Wozniacki. "It will be really fun!"
"This is a pair that I think tennis fans have been waiting to see for a long time," tournament director Karl Budge said on Tuesday. "Having Serena and Caroline on the court together, on the same side of the net, is an incredible opportunity for tennis fans to see the story being made."
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