Steffi Graf to return to tennis court

Associated Press

Houston, July 12:

Steffi Graf is returning to the tennis court for the first time in six years, but don’t call it a comeback. The 22-time Grand Slam singles champion is interrupting her retirement to play with the Houston Wranglers of the World Team Tennis Pro League. “It’s hard for me to call it a comeback,” Graf said. “It’s too early to say if there will be more. It’s hard with all the schedules. If it works out, maybe there is another one.” The match is Graf’s only one this season as a member of the Wranglers. Houston will take on the Sacramento Capitals, led by Anna Kournikova at Houston’s Westside Tennis Club. The World Team Tennis Pro League league is made up of 12 teams and plays a three week season ending on July 24. The two top teams from each of two conferences advance to the finals on September 16-17 in Sacramento. The coed league, co-founded by Billie Jean King, is in its 30th season.