Kim Clijsters comes out of tennis retirement for a second time

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

She initially retired in 2007 aged 23, making a return two years later after having her first child to win her second US Open, then hanging up her racquet again after the 2012 US Open.

Clijsters won her first Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2005 after four runner-up finishes in majors in her "first career" and after 26 months away from the tour launched a successful comeback.

"I don't really feel like I want to prove something". Speaking on the WTA Insider podcast, Clijsters said she was working on getting her fitness back over tennis so far.

Belgium's former world number one Kim Clijsters announced on Thursday her return to competitive tennis in 2020, seven years after retiring to become a stay-at-home mum of three children.

But the four-time grand slam victor has now announced a surprising return and is training with a view to playing again in 2020.

In a phone interview with a small group of reporters, Clijsters said that her primary motivation was to challenge herself.

Clijsters is eligible for unlimited wild cards at WTA tournaments because of her former world number one status, but she will have to play three tournaments or earn 10 points to re-establish a ranking.

Next year, she's going to try, Clijsters shared.

"I don't think like that, because I'm in the moment, and I know how much work I still have ahead".

"I feel like I've had more energy these last six months or so than I've had in the last two years because I'm taking care of myself better", Clijsters added. "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". 'Me, too.' I'm 36 years old.

"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", said WTA chairman Steve Simon.

Kim Clijsters revealed that tennis-playing mothers Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka had been an inspiration to her, as she announced a comeback at the age of 36 that caught the entire sport by surprise. "For me, I still love to play tennis", she said.

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