Kim Clijsters: Tennis legend announces 2020 comeback

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

Seven years after retiring from tennis a second time, Kim Clijsters is attempting another comeback at age 36.

After about two years away while having a daughter, Clijsters returned and soon won the 2009 US Open, making her the first mother to collect a Grand Slam singles title since Evonne Goolagong at Wimbledon in 1980.

Clijsters won the US Open in 2005, 2009 and 2010, and the Australian Open in 2011.

These include contemporary Serena Williams, as well as Victoria Azarenka.

"I don't really feel like I want to prove something". She said she's eyeing a return in 2020. And honestly, I miss that feeling.

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

"I'm actually leaving the house in the morning after I've had breakfast, like back in the day like with the three kids, I would sometimes just finish a little bit of oatmeal that Jada left in her bowl, or the kids left fruit out on the table that they didn't eat". "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".

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She then called time on her career again in 2012, and went on to have two more children Jack and Blake.

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.

"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.

The former Belgian professional tennis player, 36, announced Thursday with a video on Twitter that she will be returning to the sport in 2020.

Speaking to the WTA Insider Podcast, she added: "The love for the sport is obviously still there".

Clijsters, who has won 41 singles titles in her career, is eligible for unlimited wildcards at WTA tournaments and will need to play three tournaments or earn 10 ranking points to re-establish a ranking. "I wish Kim all the best in this next chapter of her playing career".

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