Kim Clijsters is to dangle her tennis comeback on the age of 36 with a return to the WTA Tour in 2020.
The Belgian ragged world no 1 within the origin retired in 2007 to launch a family, two years after winning her first Tall Slam on the US Open.
She returned in 2009 and gained two extra US Open titles and the Australian Open ahead of her 2d retirement in 2012.
“I dangle no longer in actual fact in actual fact feel adore I desire to designate one thing. I believe for me it be the realm,” Clijsters acknowledged.
Talking to the WTA Insider Podcast, she added: “The adore for the game is clearly easy there. But the ask easy is, am I able to bringing it to a level where I would uncover it irresistible to be at and where I desire it to be at ahead of I desire to play at a excessive level of thought to be some of the entirely females’s sports on the planet?
“I desire to arena myself and I desire to be solid again. Here’s my marathon.”
Clijsters is focusing on a return in January, nevertheless says she can stay versatile in her scheduling.
As a ragged world no 1, Clijsters is eligible for unlimited wildcards at WTA tournaments. She’s going to must play three tournaments or invent 10 rating factors to re-put a rating.
She acknowledged no longer having to play a put possibility of tournaments a year has “made the chance barely bit much less difficult”.
“Kim Clijsters ranks amongst the greats of the game and her return to the Tour is sharp info for the WTA family and tennis followers all over the sector,” acknowledged WTA chairman Steve Simon.
Clijsters gained Forty one WTA titles and spent 20 weeks as world no 1 in her two outdated spells.
Her daughter Jada became born in 2008, adopted by sons Jack in 2013 and Blake in 2016.
Following her 2d retirement she ran her tennis academy and labored as a commentator, including for the BBC at Wimbledon.
She says she had been contemplating a comeback for two years.
“Even though I dangle no longer dangle it, this entire process has been so worth it for me to bring together abet into a swish routine,” she acknowledged.
“Let’s study if I will bring together my physique in form to play tennis at a level where I would uncover it irresistible to be at, that I in actual fact keep in mind of where I would adore to bring together to, and study if it be ability. To peep, initially, if my physique is able to even doing that.”
She added: “We are able to remark referring to the launch of 2020 and study where attain we bring together a wildcard, nevertheless if I in actual fact feel in December that I’m no longer even end to to where I desire to be, then I’m no longer going to head accurate for the sake of going somewhere. I desire to in actual fact feel adore I’m attending to where I desire to be.
“I easy have three and a half months ahead of and so I easy think I will have a couple of enchancment to struggle through in these following couple of months and that I peep ahead to seeing where that will lead me.”
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