Former World No.1 and two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep has confirmed that she will compete in the Palermo Ladies Open next month.

In a video message released across the tournament's social media, the Romanian said: "I'm very happy to announce I will be back in Palermo after ten years. Hope to have a great week over there."

Halep had said earlier in July that she hoped to resume her season in Palermo - which starts on Aug. 3 - having not played competitively since her win over Elena Rybakina in the Dubai final back in March.

Palermo tournament director Oliviero Palma said: "Halep's participation is exceptional news, it had been decades since Palermo last hosted a former No.1. Our city is very devoted to world tennis, her presence is one of great interest for everybody."

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Palma also revealed that Camila Giorgi had accepted a wildcard into the tournament, making her the highest-ranked Italian in the draw, and that there was another spot reserved should another Top 10 player wish to enter.

Svetlana Kuznetsova, who was initially slated to feature in the main draw has been forced to withdraw due to travel restrictions, promoting Arantxa Rus into an automatic spot. 

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