| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova will return to professional tennis at the French open, she announced in a press conference in Paris on Friday.

“I knew this day would come. I’m really happy that really here, the dream comes true,” Kvitova said. “I’m here in the draw and I’m playing tennis again, and was a difficult time for me, of course.

I know that my hand, it’s not perfectly ready. It’s still not 100 percent ready, so we will see how everything goes, but I’m happy that I am able to play again.”

Kvitova was injured in a knife attack back in December after an intruder entered her home. That night, she underwent nearly four hours of surgery and soon after began a grueling rehab process.

“Her motivation was huge and although it was a tough experience, Petra was always inspired by the challenge of playing again,” said her coach Jiri Vanek.

The two-time Wimbledon champion will take on American Julia Boserup in the French Open’s opening round.

“I am delighted to welcome Petra back to the Tour and see her compete again,” said WTA CEO Steve Simon. “Petra is a true champion on and off the court. Her resilience and fighting spirit are beyond admirable.”

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