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Former top 25 tennis player from Montreal starts fundraising campaign to keep competing

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WATCH: Tennis player Aleksandra Wozniak insists she has the game to compete with the best tennis players in the world. As Global's Tim Sargeant reports, the Montreal-born athlete launched a crowfunding campaign to help pay for her comeback.

Aleksandra Wozniak can still hit some mean ground strokes — but recent injuries have made it very difficult for her to compete at her top level.

The 30-year-old tennis player has recovered and is now determined to work her way back into the top 100.

Her current WTA ranking is 337 — a long way from her personal best of 21 in 2009.

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Making a comeback isn’t just difficult physically or mentally, but also financially.

Wozniak has started a GoFundMe campaign to keep competing, with the goal of raising $50,000.

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That is what is costs to pay for coaching, travel expenses and training.

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“Depending of how many tournaments you play during the year it can be $80,000, $100,000,” Wozniak told Global News.

 

Many professional players are stating to peak well into their mid-thirties.

Healthier lifestyles, improved tennis equipment and new methods of training are extending the careers of professional players, both men and women.

Wozniak is hoping to join the crowd.

“If I wouldn’t believe I think would have already moved on and started a new chapter in my life,” Wozniak said.

The professional player plans to play tournaments just in Canada this summer hoping to increase her ranking and attract new endorsements.