BIRMINGHAM, England - Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has accepted a wildcard into the Aegon Classic, Birmingham, which begins on June 17.
The tournament will be the second of the World No.16's comeback after six months out of the game, following severe injuries to her left hand incurred in a home attack in December. The Czech returned to tennis at Roland Garros, where she beat Julia Boserup in the first round before falling to Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
Speaking to British Tennis, the two-time Wimbledon champion said: "Birmingham will be my first tournament back on my favourite grass courts so I'm really excited to accept this wild card and to play in front of the great British fans. My preparation for Wimbledon will be extra important as I continue my comeback so I'm glad that I will be playing at a fantastic tournament with a very strong field."
This year will mark the 27-year-old's third appearance in Birmingham. On her debut in 2008, when the tournament was still classified as a Tier III, she fell to Sunitha Rao in a straight sets first-round loss. Kvitova did not play in Birmingham for another six years; on her return in 2016, she reached the second round before losing to Jelena Ostapenko.