Murray and Clijsters receive invitation to play the Open USA

Former U.S. Open champions Kim Clijsters and Andy Murray received ‘wildcard’ invitations for the US Open tennis tournament on Thursday.

Organizing the tournament, the US Tennis Association (USTA) rewards the career of Clijsters, winner of four ‘greats’ and former world number one in the WTA, who abandoned her retirement this year after being chosen for the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

The 37-year-old Belgian, winner of the US Open in 2005, 2009 and 2010, will make her first Grand Slam appearance since her second-round loss at Flushing Meadows in 2012.

Clijsters, 37, hasn’t played a ‘big’ since 2012, when he retired

As for Murray, the 33-year-old Scotsman, also a former world number one, won the first of his three Grand Slam titles at the US Open 2012, is preparing to return after two complicated operations and has not played an official tournament since the Davis Cup last November.