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Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki to run New York City Marathon

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Former No. 1-ranked tennis star Caroline Wozniacki plans to play a full tournament schedule this fall while training for the New York City Marathon.

She said Thursday that she long had wanted to do a marathon and decided before Wimbledon that she could pull it off this year. She said seeking this challenge wasn't an attempt to distract herself from her personal life, according to the Associated Press. Pro golfer Rory McIlroy broke off their engagement in late May.

Earlier this month, Wozniacki, 24, of Denmark, won the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup, her 22nd WTA title. She will run the marathon as an ambassador for Team for Kids, the charity running team of New York Road Runners, which organizes the race.

"I grew up in a family where sports were a huge part of our lives, and I learned from a young age the importance of being active," Wozniacki said in a statement released by NYRR. "That's why running for Team for Kids is so important to me. When I cross the finish line in Central Park, it will be one of the most rewarding days of my life, not only because of the personal accomplishment, but also because it will help thousands of kids to get healthy and fit through sports."

Wozniacki said she typically runs for a half-hour at a time in training and plans to add hour-long runs to prepare for the 26.2-mile race.

She is scheduled to play in the U.S. Open, which starts on August 25 at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens.

The TCS New York City Marathon is set for Sunday, November 2.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press/MyFoxNY.com.

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