Clijsters eyeing a comeback

Tennis: Ex-world number 1, Kim Clijsters, announces surprise comeback

Kim Clijsters stuns tennis world with shock comeback announcement

Kim Clijsters is giving tennis another go.

Kim Clijsters has announced she is planning to return to the WTA Tour in 2020 after seven years out of the game.

Clijsters, who won four grand slam titles before her most recent retirement in 2012, took to Instagram to reveal her intentions to join the WTA Tour when it reaches Australia in January.

The Belgian born Clijsters tweeted a video on Thursday morning to let the world know of her plans.

Speaking to the WTA Insider Podcast, she added: "The love for the sport is obviously still there".

Clijsters is eligible for unlimited wild cards at WTA tournaments because of her former world No. 1 status, but she will have to play three tournaments or earn 10 points to re-establish a ranking.

Capriati's lay-off from tennis was only brief following the 1993 US Open as she struggled with the pressure of the sport, yet she had a long, long route back to the top, having been a child star and won the Olympics in 1992.

During her time in retirement, the former player worked as a commentator and at her tennis academy, according to BBC.

She continued, "But I also loved being a professional tennis player".

"The last tournament was at Challenger level which was good for me".

"I don't feel like I need to prove anything, but I want to challenge myself and I want to be strong again. I wish Kim all the best in this next chapter of her playing career". The Belgian returned next year and successfully defended her title adding to the 2005 US Open trophy. As her kids are now largely in school, she has more time, and she discussed the decision with them as well as with her husband, team and the WTA.

"And I love it, I really, really do". 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.

She initially retired in 2007 aged 23, making a return two years later after having her first child to win her second US Open, then hanging up her racquet again after the 2012 US Open. She won the Australian Open in 2011.

Clijsters said the biggest issue she can see is the effect on her children Jada, 11, Jack, 5, and Blake, 2.

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