One of the great stars of the women’s circuit returns to action. After becoming a mother and more than a year after her last match, in Miami, Elina Svitolina, 28, will reappear at the Credit One Charleston Open 2023, which will be held from April 1 to 9. The Ukrainian has received a wild card to be part of the American tournament (WTA 500), which will feature a great poster “The former world number 3 will join five of the top ten in the current top-10 at this prestigious WTA tournament, having accepted an invite to the main draw”the WTA announced yesterday on its website.
Svitolina, the partner of Gael Monfils, also a tennis player, from whom she has adopted the last name, gave birth to their first child, Skaï, in October. During his competitive break, in addition, he has also been one of the main speakers for his country, Ukraine, during the conflict with Russia. In association with the Charleston tournament itself, in fact, the former number 3 in the world will continue the project Tennis Players for Peacewhich in 2022 raised $100,000 for his country.
“Raising awareness and raising funds for Ukraine is very important to us as a tournament and to our players. We are passionate about working with Elina, who has a deep and personal understanding of the needs of her home country at this time.to further exemplify the mission of Tennis Plays for Peace and remain united with Ukraine”, expressed Bob Moran, director of the tournament, after confirming the second edition of the initiative.
Second time in the tournament
Currently, Svitolina is number 875 in the ranking. In his record, there are 16 WTA titles. In his career, he has reached the quarterfinals of at least every Grand Slam. In 2014, he already participated in the Charleston Open, losing in the third round. This time, regardless of the result, it will be much more special.