Kim Clijsters: Tennis legend announces 2020 comeback

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

Clijsters told the WTA Insider Podcast that she hopes to be back on the court in January, but won't rush a return if her body isn't ready.

Clijsters made her WTA debut age 15 at Antwerp in 1999.

"For the past seven years, I've been a full-time mum", Clijsters said in a video shared to social media.

"Driven by her love for the sport, this wonderful champion continues to inspire women and men in all walks of life - and she only adds to the compelling wealth of talent in women's tennis".

"But it's very hard for me to think about right now, and very unrealistic at this stage, to think, 'I want to try and get to a quarterfinal of a Grand Slam, '" she said.

Kim Clijsters watched Serena Williams' latest awesome tennis comeback - and now she's going to try to pull off her own, with two more kids at home and after several more years on the sideline.

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

It will be a third playing career for the popular Belgian who initially retired from the sport in 2007.

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Kim Clijsters is giving tennis another go.

Belgium's Kim Clijsters waves to supporters during an exhibition tennis match against Venus Williams in Antwerp to mark Clijsters' retirement, December 12, 2012. Could I be loving mum to my three kids and the best tennis player I can possibly be?

In a telephone interview with a small group of reporters, Clijsters mentioned that her major motivation was to problem herself.

After about two years away while having a daughter, Clijsters returned and soon won the 2009 US Open, making her the first mother to collect a Grand Slam singles title since Evonne Goolagong at Wimbledon in 1980.

The former world No. 1 has been on a seven-year hiatus since retiring in late 2012. She backed that up at the 2011 Australian Open before apparently calling it quits for good the next year.

Clijsters has 41 career singles titles and 11 career doubles titles.

WTA rules allow her, as a past Grand Slam champion, to receive unlimited wild-card invitations to tournaments and, as someone who is older than 30, to opt out of mandatory appearances at certain events.

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