Former World No.1 Kim Clijsters Is Coming Out Of Retirement

Former World No.1 Kim Clijsters Is Coming Out Of Retirement

Clijsters made her grand slam singles comeback at the US Open and won her second title, before defending her crown for a third the following year.

With her US Open win in 2009, Clijsters became the third WTA player to win a major after giving birth, following Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong.

After going pro in 1997 and winning her first slam in 2005, she left the sport two years at 23-years-old.

"I don't really feel like I want to prove something".

"At 36 years old I feel like I'm too young to be retired", she said.

The WTA said Clijsters can receive unlimited wildcards for its tournaments being that she's a former top-ranked player.

"Whenever I'm at a Grand Slam ... if somebody asked me, 'Hey, do you want to hit some balls?' I'm the first one to be like, 'I'll hit; I'll be the hitting partner for your practice today.' I still love playing tennis", she said. "This is where I'm saying, 'OK, let's try this'".

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To get her comeback going, Clijsters will need to play three tournaments or earn 10 ranking points to re-establish a ranking.

This marks the second time in the Belgian's illustrious career that she will return to the tour after an extended hiatus.

"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", he said.

She married Barry Court the following year, took his name on her return to tennis in 1968 and then set about achieving complete domination again in the new Open Era.

Clijsters was known as "Aussie Kim" after her relationship with Aussie champion Lleyton Hewitt. For the past seven years, I've been a full-time Mum, and I love it. She hasn't played a professional match since the 2012 U.S. Open.

In a cellphone interview with a small community of newshounds, Clijsters mentioned that her predominant motivation used to be to self-discipline herself. The four-time Grand Slam champion first retired in 2007 before retiring again in 2012.

"But I also loved being a professional tennis player". She has 41 singles titles, and is the only mother to top the WTA charts since computer rankings began in 1975. She went on to win the 1996 Australian Open.

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