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Kim Clijsters ‘looking forward to getting back’ after accepting Miami and Charleston wild card

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Kim Clijsters has finally shed light on her return to the tour for the 2021 season. The Belgian has accepted a main draw wild card to the WTA 1000 tournament in Miami, which will see her return to the match court for the first time since the US Open.

This is followed by a first ever appearance on the green clay of Charleston in the first week of April.

Clijsters announced her third comeback to the tour in late 2019, and returned to professional play in Dubai in February of 2020.

Although losing in the first round to Garbine Muguruza, she showed positive levels of fitness and form, despite being out of the game for seven years. 

“The Miami Open was always a favourite stop on tour for me,” said Clijsters. 

“I have great memories and also had great results there. I’m excited to be coming back to Miami.”

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The Miami open is scheduled between March 22 and April 4 at the Hard Rock Stadium. The two-time former champion last won in 2010, with a dominating victory over Venus Williams in the final.

“We are very excited to have Kim returning to Miami,” James Blake, Miami Open Tournament Director, said in a statement. 

“She is a tremendous player and an even better person. Plus, it’s not often you get the opportunity to see someone who has been inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame compete at an event of this level.”

Following her week in the Magic City, Clijsters will compete at the WTA 500 event in Charleston. This will be the first time Clijsters has played a WTA event on the clay since her return. 

“Looking forward to getting back on the match court. See you soon”, said Clijsters as she announced the comeback via Twitter. 

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