"I am very excited to be returning to the WTA at the Bank of the West Classic," Azarenka said. "Becoming a mother has been the most rewarding thing that has ever happened to me and really puts things in perspective. I am looking forward to beginning this new stage of my career."
The two-time Australian Open champion enjoyed a strong start to last season, winning the elusive Sunshine Double at the BNP Paribas Open and Miami Open, but was forced to sit out the remainder of 2016 after announcing the imminent birth of her son.
Tickets for this year's event, which will be held July 31-August 6 at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium on Stanford University's campus, can be purchased online at www.BankOfTheWestClassic.com or by phone at 866-WTA-TIXS (866-982-8497).