Former WTA world number 3 Elina Svitolina is looking to return to the WTA tour at the Charleston Open in South Carolina next month, the organizers of the event confirmed. Svitolina accepted a wild card entry into the tournament.
Svitolina, who last played at the Miami Open last year, has been absent from tennis due to giving birth to her daughter Skai. She has since been spending her downtime with her daughter as well as her husband, ATP tennis player Gael Monfils.
In addition to returning to the WTA Tour, Svitolina has also partnered with the Charleston Open and WTA Charities to host the “Tennis Plays for Peace” pro-am event, with the proceeds of the event going to Ukraine as well the Elina Svitolina Foundation.
Increasing awareness and raising funds for Ukraine is very important to us as a tournament and to our players,” Charleston Open director Bob Moran announced. “We are passionate about working with Elina, who has a deep and personal understanding of the needs in her home country right now, to further exemplify the mission of Tennis Plays for Peace and stand united with Ukraine.”