Kim Clijsters announces shock return to tennis

Tennis: Ex-world number 1, Kim Clijsters, announces surprise comeback

"Kim Clijsters ranks among the greats of the game and her return to the Tour is exciting news for the WTA family and tennis fans around the world", Simon said.

The victor of 41 WTA titles and a former world no. 1 Kim Clijsters will make a return to the WTA Tour next season at the age of 36!

Clijsters won the 2009 US Open title as an unranked player in just her third tournament back, becoming only the third WTA player to win a grand slam singles title as a mother after Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong Cawley.

"And with so many inspirational athletes and moms competing, I can't wait to get back on the match court and see what's possible after having three children", the two-time Grand Slam victor in women's doubles told WTA Insider Podcast.

Notoriously friendly, down-to-earth, and a favorite amongst her peers in the locker room, Clijsters hung up her racquet for good - or so she thought - after the 2012 US Open.

In a telephone interview with a small group of reporters, Clijsters mentioned that her major motivation was to problem herself. But I also loved being a professional tennis player. And honestly, I miss that feeling.

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"For the past seven years I've been a full-time mom".

After retiring to dedicate her time to parenthood, Kim Clijsters plans to compete in professional tennis again in 2020. I really, really do. Clijsters made her grand slam singles comeback at the US Open and won her second title, before defending her crown for a third the following year. The four-time Major champion has not played since the US Open 2012, having three kids (born in 2008, 2013 and 2016) with a former Villanova basketball player Bryan Lynch and working at her Academy, as a commentator and also with compatriots Elise Mertens and Yanina Wickmayer. I was very young when I retired to have my first daughter and came back.

"I'm so excited to announce that I will be making my second comeback to the WTA Tour", the Belgian said on her official website. She won the Australian Open in 2011.

"I'm surprised how, at times when I'm going through a rough practice, how easy it is for me to stick with it and to fight through it and to push through it", she said on the podcast.

Clijsters said the biggest issue she can see is the effect on her children Jada, 11, Jack, 5, and Blake, 2.

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