Murray, Clijsters receive U.S. Open wildcard entries

Kim Clijsters with daughter Jada after defeating Vera Zvonareva in the final of the 2010 U.S. Open

The United States Tennis Association has announced the prize money details for the 2020 US Open Grand Slam event, in an update on the US Open website.

Taking another step toward actually hosting the 2020 U.S. Open, the USTA announced wild cards for the second Grand Slam of the year on Thursday. The two NY tournaments will be Murray's first competitive action of 2020 as he continues to work his way back from hip surgeries in 2018-19. Kim won the American slam for the 3rd time (the first was in 2005) also the following year in 2010.

The 2012 US Open champion looked to be quite in a good shape when playing a couple of competitions in the last few weeks to get the right confidence boost to play the US Open.

She played just two tour matches before the coronavirus pandemic caused the WTA Tour to shut down, losing to Garbine Muguruza and Johanna Konta. It is preceded by the Western & Southern Open, which will also take place at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in NY after being moved from Cincinnati. The women's tour resumed this week in Palermo, Italy; the first men's tournament is later this month.

Clijsters is a four-time major champion and former No. 1 who came out of retirement this year after already being elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

The Western & Southern Open is normally staged in Cincinnati but was moved to NY as a one-off in order to minimise Covid-19 risks for players travelling to compete at Flushing Meadows.

Seven American women also received wild cards: Usue Arconada, CiCi Bellis, Francesca Di Lorenzo, Caroline Dolehide, Ann Li, Robin Montgomery and Whitney Osuigwe.

The U.S. Open is set to start in NY on August 31, as originally scheduled, something rare in the world of sports this year.



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