Petra returns to the Connecticut Open this summer

Three-time New Haven champion Petra Kvitova will return to the Connecticut Open this summer as she continues her comeback from career-threatening injury, the tournament announced today.

“I’m so excited to be heading back to the Connecticut Open this summer,” Kvitova said. “Now that I’ve been given the green light by my doctor I can finally plan my schedule so it’s great to start by confirming one of my favorite tournaments of the year.

“I always look forward to being back in New Haven but it will be extra special this year after all the support I have received from the amazing fans there.”

The Czech lifted the New Haven title in 2012, 2014 and 2015, and holds an impressive 19-3 win-loss record there.

The two-time Wimbledon champion is officially back in action after an emotional return at Roland Garros last week. Kvitova suffered severe lacerations to her left hand after an attack by a home intruder in December 2016, a potentially career-threatening injury. But the Czech World No.16 has defied medical odds by coming back to tennis a month earlier than predicted and beat American Julia Boserup 6-3 6-2 in the first match at Roland Garros.

Now back to full health, Kvitova is set to continue her comeback at the Connecticut Open, the first WTA tournament to secure her signature.

“Petra has shown immense courage and determination to get back on the court and her story has captured the hearts of the global tennis family but also those outside tennis,” said Anne Worcester, Connecticut Open tournament director.

“Everyone here at the Connecticut Open is delighted to have Petra coming back this summer and to be the first tournament in line means a great deal to us. I know our fans will be more eager than ever to see this inspirational champion in action and her addition to the field makes our celebration of 20 years of women’s tennis in New Haven even more special.”