Following recent appearances in the doubles events at New Haven on the WTA Tour and also at the US Open, Australia’s two-time Grand Slam doubles champion, Alicia Molik, 28, who announced her retirement from Professional Tennis back in early September 2008 due to an elbow injury, is to make a full-scale comeback to the game at a series of seven tournaments on the ITF Pro Circuit to be held in Australia over the remainder of 2009.
Molik, a former WTA Top 10 player in both singles and doubles, marks her return to the ITF Pro Circuit for the first time since May 2006 with back-to-back $25,000 tournaments in Darwin starting this week (w/c 14th September). During the course of this series of tournaments Molik will be competing in the Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia and finally finishing in Victoria.
Tennis Australia’s Director of Tennis, Craig Tiley, quoted in The Australian online newspaper, said of the 2004 Olympic singles Bronze medallist, “It’s terrific to see Alicia on the comeback trail and we wish her well”.
Roll of Honour
Two doubles Grand Slam titles (Australia 2005 and Roland Garros 2007)
Five singles and five doubles titles on the WTA Tour
Ten singles and seven doubles ITF Pro Circuit titles
Singles Bronze medallist at the 2004 Olympics
Regular member of Australia’s Fed Cup squad between 1999-2008 (except 2005)
Six appearances representing Australia at the Hopman Cup between 2002-2008 (except 2006)
Career high WTA singles ranking of 8 (28 Feb 2005)
Career high WTA doubles ranking of 6 (06 Jun 2005)