(Melbourne) Bianca Andreescu will return to school after a 15-month absence from the tennis courts as the first seed in the Grampians Trophy, a tournament which begins on Wednesday.
The 20-year-old and eighth player in the world, Andreescu will receive a pass straight to the second round, where she will face the winner of the duel between her compatriot Leylah Annie Fernandez and American Sloane Stephens.
Fernandez and Stephens will face each other for a third time. The 18-year-old Quebecer won the first two duels, first in Monterrey, Mexico, last March, then in Lexington, Ky., In August.
Doubles specialist Gabriela Dabrowski from Canada will also take part in the singles tournament, as she cross swords with Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk in the first round.
This preparatory tournament in anticipation of the Australian Open is reserved for players who have had to place themselves in close quarantine after being exposed to the COVID-19 virus during charter flights to Australia.
The 2019 US Open champion, Andreescu has not played in a competitive game since suffering a left knee injury during the WTA Finals in October 2019.