Bouchard returns to action in Hobart

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Canada's former Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard will attempt to get her injury-hit career back on track when she participates at the Hobart International next year.

The 21-year-old will compete in Hobart for the first time, and will use the January 10-16 as a tune-up for the Australian Open later this month.

Bouchard had a breakout year on the WTA Tour in 2014, when she reached her maiden grand slam final on the grass courts of Wimbledon, which propelled her to  a career-high world number five ranking and a spot in the WTA Finals.

However, the Canadian has struggled for form and fitness in 2015, which culminated in her sustaining a head injury after falling on a tile floor in a physical therapy room at the US Open in September.

As a result, she withdrew from her fourth round match at Flushing Meadows with a concussion and missed the event in Wuhan, while retiring midway through her opener in Beijing.

She has filed a lawsuit against United States Tennis Association (USTA) for damages relating to her fall, while ending the year ranked 49th in the world.

"I want to start my 2016 season strongly and am hoping to get high quality matches in Hobart," said Bouchard.

"I've had great success in Australia in the past and can't wait to experience a new city."