Four-time female tennis champion Grand Slam, Kim Clijsters announced her return to tennis in 2020.
“For the past seven years, I have been focusing on doing a good role as a mother,” Clijsters said on Sept. 12 during a press conference. “I love being a mother, but I also miss the feeling of being on the field. What if I try to do both of those roles? I think this is the right time. I will return again. See you in 2020 “.
The last time Clijsters competed was when she was 29, in the US Open 2012. After retiring, she was honored in the Tennis Legendary Temple in 2017.
In 2007, Belgian tennis player retired for the first time to give birth to his first daughter, Jada. At that time, the Clijsters won a Grand Slam in their careers. In 2009, she returned to competition and won three Grand Slams, including the US Open 2009, 2010 and Australia Open 2011. Clijsters retired a second time in 2012, before giving birth to two more sons, Jack (2013). ) and Blake (2016).
Clijsters was the third person to win a Grand Slam after giving birth, along with Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong. She was number one in the world in February 2011.
“At 36, I feel I’m too young to be out of the game,” Clijsters said of his second comeback next year. “Seeing so many athletes and inspiring mothers on the field, I cannot wait any longer. See what a mother of three can do in the coming years.”
Kim Clijsters started playing at WTA in 1999, winning the first Grand Slam title in the US Open in 2005. She owns 41 singles and 11 women’s doubles titles. A former world number one and a champion of the Grand Slam, Belgian players are eligible to receive special places in major tournaments in 2020.