Former World No.1 Kim Clijsters Is Coming Out Of Retirement
Belgian tennis superstar Kim Clijsters is planning one final comeback, announcing her return to the sport after a seven-year hiatus.
The former World No.1 and four-time singles Grand Slam winner confirmed on Thursday she is currently in training, with plans to compete in the 2020 WTA Tour.
"For the past seven years, I've been a full-time mum," Clijsters said in a video shared to social media.
"And I love it, I really, really do."
"But I also loved being a professional tennis player. And honestly, I miss that feeling. So...what if I tried to do both?"
Now aged 36, this will be Clijsters' second return to professional tennis.
The mother-of-three initially retired from the game in May 2007, before marrying Brian Lynch and giving birth to her daughter, Jada, the following year.
She returned in 2009, but bowed out again three years later after the US Open at Flushing Meadows.
To get her comeback going, Clijsters will need to play three tournaments or earn 10 ranking points to re-establish a ranking. As a former World No.1, she is eligible for unlimited wild cards at WTA tournaments.
With 41 singles titles under her belt, the Belgian -- the first Belgian to achieve the number one ranking in the sport -- still places third among active players, coming in behind Serena Williams and Venus Williams.