On Tuesday, Tennis Canada confirmed that former World No. 12 Sabine Lisicki of Germany will take part in the Calgary National Bank Challenger at the OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre from November 6 to 13. Next month’s tournament is the first since the Challenger became a combined women and men’s professional event.

The 33-year-old, who has won four career WTA singles titles (Hong Kong, Birmingham, Dallas, Charleston) made her return to the WTA Tour in May following 18 months out after an ACL surgery. Lisicki reached the final of Wimbledon in 2013, losing to France’s Marion Bartoli at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, and holds the record for the fastest recorded serve on the WTA Tour at 131 mph.

“People in Canada are always nice and the crowd at tournaments is amazing which makes it fun to play,” said Lisicki, who reached her career-high ranking of No. 12 in May 2012. “I’ve heard a lot of great things about Calgary and look forward to coming for the first time.”

Lisicki joins former World No. 4 Kei Nishikori as the first two players confirmed to compete at the Calgary National Bank Challenger. A former National Bank Open presented by Rogers (2016) and US Open (2014) finalist, Nishikori is making his return to tennis following a hip injury which has sidelined him since October 2021.

“We are thrilled to have the former World No. 12 player and Wimbledon singles grand slam finalist Sabine Lisicki with us this year in our inaugural women’s event,” said Danny Da Costa, Tournament Director and CEO of the OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre. “Sabine is an international star and one of the most recognizable female tennis players in the world.”

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