SAN JOSE, C.A, USA - CoCo Vandeweghe has confirmed that she will make her long-awaited return to the WTA Tour at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Championships in San Jose, which begin on July 29 and runs through August 4.
The 2017 US Open semifinalist has been sidelined since October 2018 with ankle and then foot injuries but made a return to the court last week by playing for the San Diego Aviators at World Team Tennis.
The 27-year-old, who has fallen to WTA World No.626 during her time away from court, is now ready to make her return to the Tour via a wildcard selection at a tournament that she has twice reached the final of previously when it was played in Stamford.
“I’m so excited to be starting at San Jose, my first tournament of the year. I’m so pumped to see you. I’ve had so much success in Northern California and I can’t wait to be playing again,” she said.
In Washington D.C., meanwhile, 15-year-old Coco Gauff, who became a breakout star when she reached the last 16 of Wimbledon, defeating Venus Williams along the way, has claimed a spot in the qualifying draw for the Citi Open.
Although she is now WTA World No.143, the entry deadline required her to use her pre-Wimbledon ranking of No.313. However, Gauff was able to make it into the qualifying field, and will start on Saturday.
"I'm super excited," Gauff said on Friday, according to the AFP. "I'm really happy to get back on the court. I wasn't sure I would get to play any matches before the US Open. I'm hoping the preparation will show."
"She dazzled the world," said Mark Ein, chairman of MDE Tennis, the organisers of the tournament. "It wasn't just how great, how amazing her play was but how composed she was and how strong she was."
Gauff, meanwhile, said: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be in front of American fans in our nation’s capital at the Citi Open.
“The last few weeks have been amazing and I’m excited about coming to Washington, D.C. to connect with all the fans, especially the young kids, who have been giving me so much support this summer. Hopefully, I will also have the opportunity to keep this momentum going on the court starting at the Citi Open straight through the US Open.”
Meanwhile, Bianca Andreescu has pulled out of the competition, postponing her return from a shoulder injury with the aim of participating in the Rogers Cup in Toronto on August 6. The Canadian has been absent since pulling out of the French Open after winning her first-round match.
Another leading player to withdraw from a tournament next week is Garbiñe Muguruza who is out of San Jose to a right leg injury. This moves Marie Bouzkova, from Czech Republic, into the the main draw.