Former world No 1 Kim Clijsters has declared a jolt comeback to tennis after a seven-year hiatus, at age 36.
The Belgian, who originally returned to competitive tennis following the birth of her child, is to compete tour in 2020.
Clijsters won three Grand Slam titles on her return to the game before hanging her up and has shown she’s been motivated by the success of mothers including Serena Williams.
“At 36 years oldI feel like I’m too young to be retired, and with so many inspirational athletes along with mums competing,” Clijsters, who has had two children, told the WTA Tour.
“I can’t wait to return to the game court and see what is possible after having three children.”
Clijsters won her first Grand Slam title after four runner-up endings in majors within her’ career’ at the united states Open in 2005 and away from the tour afterwards 26 months launched a successful comeback.
She won her second Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows in her third recovery occasion, before the US Open was defended against by her in 2010 and won the 2011 Australian Open.
Clijsters, who has won 41 singles games is qualified for unlimited wildcards at WTA championships and will have to play with three tournaments or make 10 rank points to re-establish a position.
“Kim Clijsters rankings among the greats of the game along with her return to the Tour is thrilling news to the WTA family and tennis enthusiasts around the globe,” said Steve Simon, WTA chairman and CEO.
“Inspired by her love for this sport, this excellent champion continues to inspire men and women in all walks of life – and she just adds to the persuasive wealth of talent in women’s golf. I wish Kim all the very best in this next chapter of her acting profession.”
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