4-times grand slam champion Kim Clijsters plans to return out of retirement after a seven-year hiatus, returning to the WTA Tour in 2020, the 36-year-old Belgian mentioned on Thursday.
The choice marks Clijsters’ second return to the game after first retiring in 2007.
“I do not actually really feel like I wish to show one thing,” Clijsters mentioned on the WTA Insider Podcast. “I feel for me it is the problem.
“The love for the game is clearly nonetheless there. However the query is, am I able to bringing it to a degree the place I would really like it to be earlier than I play at a excessive degree of top-of-the-line ladies’s sports activities on the earth.
“I wish to problem myself and I wish to be robust once more. That is my marathon.”
Two years after successful her first main on the 2005 US Open, an injury-plagued Clijsters determined to stop the sport on the age of 23 to begin a household, returning two years later to say her second US Open as an unranked participant in solely her third event again.
Clijsters defended her title at Flushing Meadows the next 12 months after which received the Australia Open in 2011 en path to topping the world rankings for the primary time since 2006.
With 41 titles to her title, Clijsters hung up her racket after the 2012 US Open and later labored as a tennis commentator.
Clijsters mentioned she has been contemplating a return to the tour for the previous two years.
“I really feel like I’ve had extra vitality these final six months or so than I’ve had within the final two years as a result of I am caring for myself higher,” Clijsters added.
“Even when I do not make it, this entire course of has been so price it for me to get again into a great routine.”