These are the phrases of four-time grand slam champion and former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters, who introduced Thursday that she is returning to skilled tennis on the age of 36.
“For the previous seven years, I have been a full-time mother,” Clijsters, who has three youngsters, mentioned in a video posted to Twitter. “And I adore it. I actually, actually do. However I additionally beloved being knowledgeable tennis participant. And truthfully, I miss that feeling. So… what if I attempted to do each?”
Clijsters final performed aggressive matches when she was 29 years outdated, on the 2012 US Open. Following her retirement then, the Belgian was inducted into the Worldwide Tennis Corridor of Fame as a member of the category of 2017.
This can be Clijsters’ second comeback. She first made a profitable return to the WTA in 2009, profitable three of her 4 main titles — the US Open in 2009 and 2010 and the Australian Open in 2011.
Along with her US Open win in 2009, Clijsters turned the third WTA participant to win a significant after giving start, following Margaret Court docket and Evonne Goolagong. She returned to the No.1 spot on the earth on February 14, 2011.
“Whereas there’s a number of work forward of me within the subsequent 4 months, my greatest motivation is the private problem concerned — each bodily and mentally, I need to take a look at myself once more,” Clijsters mentioned in a press launch. “At 36 years outdated I really feel like I am too younger to be retired and, with so many inspirational athletes and mothers competing, I can not wait to get again on the match court docket and see what’s attainable after having three youngsters.”
Clijsters made her WTA debut age 15 at Antwerp in 1999. She gained her first main in 2005 on the US Open. In Could 2007, she stepped away from the game, marrying Brian Lynch and giving start to her daughter Jada in 2008. She additionally has two sons, Jack (born in 2013) and Blake (born in 2016).
“Kim Clijsters ranks among the many greats of the sport and her return to the Tour is thrilling information for the WTA household and tennis followers all over the world,” WTA chairman and CEO Steve Simon mentioned in a press release. “Pushed by her love for the game, this excellent champion continues to encourage men and women in all walks of life — and she or he solely provides to the compelling wealth of expertise in girls’s tennis. I want Kim all the perfect on this subsequent chapter of her enjoying profession.”
Clijsters has 41 profession singles titles and 11 profession doubles titles. As a former world No. 1 and grand slam champion, Clijsters could have entry to limitless wild playing cards.