The Belgian Kim Clijsters , who became the best tennis player in the world in 2003, has announced at age 36 that she returns to the professional tennis circuit that she left in 2007 to have a child and again in 2012, in what seemed her final goodbye
"What do I want for my life? For seven years I have been a full-time mother and I really love it. But I also liked being a professional player . And I miss that feeling. What if I try to do both?" , said the extenista in a video posted on her Twitter account.
The tennis player, winner of four Grand Slam singles between 2005 and 2011, said that the professional circuit will return in 2020. In statements to the WTA, the player said that, in the same way that she has friends who with 50 years enjoy running marathons, to She likes to keep playing tennis. "I don't feel like I have to prove anything, but I want to test myself and I want to be strong again. This is my marathon," added Clijsters, who said "love for this sport is obviously still there."
After a first retreat in 2007 with a Grand Slam in his medal list because he wanted to start a family, Clijsters, born in 1983 in the Flemish town of Bilzen, in northwestern Belgium, returned to the circuits two years later and won another two "big ", before what seemed his final goodbye in 2012.
He retired from the circuit after the end of the United States Open that year and shortly thereafter organized an exhibition match in Antwerp to say goodbye live to the 15,000 followers who went to see it.
In his medal list three victories stand out in the United States Open (2005, 2009 and 2010), one in the Australian Open (2011) and two Ronald Garros finals (2001 and 2003), in addition to having reached number one in the ranking of the WTA in August 2003, which allows you to be invited for life to professional tournaments (wild card).
He also won a victory in the Federation Cup in 2001 with Justine Henin, another great French tennis player who retired young and double the tracks, first in 2008 and finally in 2011, at age 28.
Clijsters also proclaimed champion doubles won Wimbledon and Roland Garros alongside the Japanese Ai Sugiyama.
The president of the WTA , Steve Simon, said that Clijsters is among the best in the history of women's tennis, so his return to the courts is "exciting news for the WTA family and for tennis fans around the world".
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