‘I can’t wait to return,’ says ‘universally loved’ Kim Clijsters as she confirms comeback event

Kim Clijsters interview

Four-time Grand Slam winner Kim Clijsters will make her competitive return to tennis at the Dubai Duty Free Championships in February.

The former world No 1 announced in September last year that she would make a second comeback to the WTA Tour in early 2020, but two months later she was forced to push back the date due to a wrist injury.

However, the mother of three will finally step back on court in Dubai for the WTA Premier tournament, which runs from February 17 to 22.

“I am really excited to be getting back to the match court,” the 36-year-old said. “I know it’s a special anniversary for the Dubai Duty Free Championships so it’s a honour to be making my return to the game and debut in Dubai at the same time.

“I can’t wait to return to the game I love and play in front of the fans again – the support and encouragement that I’ve received since the announcement has been overwhelming.”

Clijsters, who won three of her Grand Slam titles after giving birth to her first child, will be joined at the star-studded event by two-time major winner Simona Halep, Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin as well as US Open champion Bianca Andreescu.

“We are delighted to welcome such a great champion here for the first time and are thrilled that Kim Clijsters has chosen to include Dubai in her limited schedule as she seeks to continue her wonderful career,” Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free, said.

“She is truly one of the greatest players to have graced the game, and she excelled in the often difficult challenge of being not only one of the game’s strongest competitors but in being universally loved and respected by her peers, we wish her every success here.”

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