Rebecca Marino, as soon as Canada’s top-ranked ladies’s tennis participant, introduced she is returning to tennis after almost 5 years away.
The Vancouver native will play in two ITF Ladies’s Circuit occasions in Saguenay, Que., subsequent week and in Toronto the next week.
Marino, now 26, left the ladies’s tour in 2013 due to a melancholy analysis. She had reached a world rating excessive of No. 38 in July 2011 and made a WTA remaining in Memphis in February 2011, the place she misplaced to Magdalena Rybarikova. She gained two matches on the French Open that 12 months and one other at Wimbledon to earn her top-40 rating.
“I’m excited to come back again and play in Canada, particularly in tournaments that I participated in quite a lot of instances in my profession,” she stated in an announcement launched by Tennis Canada.
“I made the choice to return to skilled tennis a few months in the past and began coaching once more through the first week of September. It’s been a reasonably brief coaching schedule, however I’m doing it as a result of I take pleasure in it. I don’t have any rating targets or end result targets proper now, I simply need to go in and benefit from the course of and are available at it from a unique place than I used to be earlier than. I need to be glad to be on court docket and compete, that’s all that issues to me.”
After leaving tennis, Marino went again to highschool on the College of British Columbia, the place she studied English literature. She additionally taught tennis to youngsters and competed in rowing for UBC.
“I’m very glad that Rebecca is coming again to competitors. She is doing it for herself and that’s what’s most vital,” stated Sylvain Bruneau, captain of the Canadian Fed Cup workforce and head of the nationwide ladies’s program. “She missed tennis and she or he wished to expertise a unique ending then the primary one. She has come a great distance previously few years and this evolution will enable her to strategy the lifetime of an expert tennis participant in another way.”
Japan’s Risa Ozaki, ranked No. 93, is the top-ranked participant within the preliminary Saguenay subject. Rising Canadian star Bianca Andreescu, the world No. 159 at age 17, is the No. 2 participant within the draw.