US Open wildcards for Andy Murray and Kim Clijsters

Andy Murray and Kim Clijsters in action

She won the US Open title in 2005, 2009 and 2010 and her latest outing would mark the 37-year-old Belgians first Grand Slam appearance since a second-round loss at Flushing Meadows in 2012. The 33-year-old Scot has twice had hip operations and has not played an official tour match since the Davis Cup last year.

Clijsters, the former women's singles world number one, will be looking to repeat her magic from the 2009 US Open, when she famously won the women's singles title as a wildcard after returning from her first retirement, during which she became a mother. The Western & Southern Open, which was relocated from Cincinnati this year, will be held from August 20-28 as a warm-up event for the Grand Slam.

2020 is quite an uncharacteristic year and something (even more) unusual has happened at the US Open on the occasion of the wildcard awarding.

The US Open wildcard entries also include seven American men and seven American women, organizers added.

The WTA and ATP tours were suspended in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Both the men's and women's singles champion will earn $3 million, said the United States Tennis Association (USTA).

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Joining Murray in the field of 128 are Americans Ulises Blanch, Maxime Cressy, Sebastian Korda, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Michael Mmoh, Brandon Nakashima, and J.J. Wolf.

The USTA further said that the US Open will offer $53.4 million in total players' compensation in 2020 with $7.6 million dedicated towards players' relief from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The U.S. Open is scheduled to be played August 31-September 13.

Some of the top players have chose to skip the tournament, including men's World No. 2 Rafael Nadal, of Spain, Australian Ash Barty and Nck Kyrgios and Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

With the final decision to go ahead with the US Open, the preparations for the realization of the event do not stop happening.

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