7 years after 2nd 'retirement,' Clijsters returns to tennis

Ross Houston
September 13, 2019

She returned after a 26-month hiatus and won the 2009 US Open, becoming the first mother to win a Grand Slam title since Evonne Goolagong at Wimbledon in 1980.

"I'm actually leaving the house in the morning after I've had breakfast, like back in the day like with the three kids, I would sometimes just finish a little bit of oatmeal that Jada left in her bowl, or the kids left fruit out on the table that they didn't eat".

Kim Clijsters watched Serena Williams' latest incredible 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.


Kim Clijsters is planning a comeback following a seven-year absence from the WTA Tour, the former world number one has announced.

"For the past seven years, I've been a full-time mom", Clijsters said in a video posted on her Twitter page. But the question is, am I capable of bringing it to a level where I would like it to be before I play at a high level of one of the best women's sports in the world.

But the four-time grand slam victor has now announced a surprising return and is training with a view to playing again in 2020. She will need to play three tournaments or earn 10 ranking points to re-establish a ranking.


Clijsters has since had two more children but in announcing her return she revealed she had been inspired by the success of mothers on tour.

"Of course, if you want to go through a marathon you're not going to have the whole media in your face", Clijsters said. "Could I be a loving mom to my three kids and the best tennis player I can possibly be?" We can talk about the start of 2020 and see where can we get a wildcard, but if I feel in December that I'm not even near to where I want to be, then I'm not going to go just for the sake of going somewhere. The athlete then came back in 2009, winning twice more at the U.S. Open and at the Australian Open.

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


The WTA said that as a former top-ranked player Clijsters can receive unlimited wildcards at its tournaments. "For me, I still love to play tennis", she said.

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