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Clijsters Receives Indian Wells Wild Card

Kim Clijsters will take her comeback tour to Indian Wells.

The former world No. 1 has accepted a wild card into Indian Wells.

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A two-time BNP Paribas Open champion, Clijsters will return to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden for the first time since 2011.

The BNP Paribas Open is set for March 9-22nd in Indian Wells.

In addition, the world's top two-ranked singles stars, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, have been awarded wild cards into the men’s doubles draw and will headline one of the strongest doubles fields on Tour.

Contesting her first WTA match in seven-and-a-half years, the 36-year-old Clijsters was impressive, but Garbiñe Muguruza was imposing on serve spoiling the Hall of Famer's return with a fierce 6-2, 7-6(6) triumph in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships opener last week.

The 36-year-old Belgian will be returning to the desert—where she is a two-time champion (2003, 2005)— for the third tournament of her 2020 comeback.

A member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Clijsters spent 19 weeks as the No. 1 player in the world before retiring for the first time in 2007 to start a family. Clijsters returned to the Tour in 2009 following the birth of her first child, Jada, and won the US Open that August in just her third tournament back. She went on to win two more Grand Slam titles (2010 US Open, 2011 Australian Open) and reclaim the No. 1 ranking before retiring for a second time in 2012.

Now a mother of three, Clijsters launched the third phase of her career at Dubai last week, and will also play at Monterrey before returning to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden for the 2020 BNP Paribas Open.

The current singles World No. 1 and five-time BNP Paribas Open champion Djokovic will headline one of the strongest doubles fields on Tour, joining many top singles players in participating in both events.

The 17-time Grand Slam Champion will pair with Viktor Troicki, who he teamed with earlier this year to lead Team Serbia to the ATP Cup. Djokovic also reached the semifinals in doubles last year alongside partner Fabio Fognini.

World No. 2 Nadal will once again team up with countryman Marc Lopez. The duo are two-time Indian Wells doubles champions (2010, 2012), and also captured the gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games.

The remaining wild card recipients for both singles and doubles will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information about the BNP Paribas Open and to purchase tickets to the 2020 event, visit

Photo credit: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships