“I am accepting a wild card to play @DDFTennis,” tweeted the 36-year-old Belgian on Sunday.
“Since I announced my return, there have been some bumps but I can’t wait to get back on the pitch and what this next chapter will bring … Thanks to all my fans for their encouragement in the past few weeks. See you in Dubai! “
He last played competitive matches at the age of 29 at the 2012 US Open. After his retirement, the Belgian was introduced to the International Tennis Hall of Fame as a 2017 class member.
This will be Clijsters’ second return to sport.
He made a hit in the WTA for the first time in 2009, winning three of his four main titles – the US Open in 2009 and 2010 and the Australian Open in 2011 – after losing his first four Grand Slam finals.
With her victory in the US Open in 2009, Clijsters became the third WTA player to win a major one after childbirth, after Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong. It returned to first place in the world on February 14, 2011.
Clijsters made his WTA debut at the age of 15 in Antwerp in 1999. He won his first major in 2005 at the US Open. In May 2007, she moved away from sports, marrying American basketball player Brian Lynch and giving birth to her daughter Jada in 2008. She also has two children, Jack (born in 2013) and Blake (born in 2016).
Clijsters has 41 single career titles and 11 double career titles. As a former world number 1 and Grand Slam champion, Clijsters will have access to unlimited jokers.
On Monday, Clijsters tweeted his photos during a training session of the Belgian national tennis team in preparation for the qualification for the Fed Cup against Kazakhstan.
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships starts on February 17th.