03 Sep 2014

Czech bounces back

News Article

By Nick Fishpool

Photo: Paul ZimmerNicole Vaidisova (CZE)

Citing a lack of motivation as the reason behind her 2010 retirement from professional tennis at the age of 20, former Czech Fed Cup player Nicole Vaidisova is about to embark on a comeback to the sport her agent reports.

The two-time Grand Slam semifinalist has reportedly received a wild card into the $75,000 ITF Pro Circuit tournament in Albuquerque, NM in a couple of weeks.

Vaidisova, 25, won the first title of her career on the ITF Pro Circuit back in October 2003 as a qualifier. Her only other ITF Pro Circuit title came four months later when she defeated Shuai Peng, semifinalist at the ongoing US Open, in a close final. She progressed onto the WTA Tour where she picked up six titles between 2004-06.

Her final appearance before taking the decision to retire saw her lose a first round match to Britain’s Heather Watson at a $25,000 ITF Pro Circuit tournament in Los Angeles and as she prepares to make this comeback the Czech Fed Cup captain, Petr Pala, was quoted as saying: “It’s especially important that she regains her lost passion because the return will be far from easy.”

You can follow Vaidisova’s return via the ITF Pro Circuit website