In 2012 she retired for a second time. Since then she has had two more children. Clijsters said in her announcement that she had been inspired by other mothers that managed to combine motherhood with a successful sporting career such as Serena Williams.
Kim Clijsters told journalists “At 36 years old I feel like I’m too young to be retired.”
“And with so many inspirational athletes and moms competing, I can’t wait to get back on the match court and see what’s possible after having three children.”
Kim Clijsters has been in training since the start of the year and tested her fitness in singles at the test event for the Court One roof at Wimbledon in May.
She told journalists that she is planning to return to the match court at the start of next season, adding: “While there is a lot of work ahead of me in the next four months, my biggest motivation is the personal challenge involved – both physically and mentally, I want to test myself again.”
She will be eligible for unlimited wild cards. Steve Simon, the chairman and CEO of the WTA, welcomed her return “Kim Clijsters ranks among the greats of the game and her return to the Tour is exciting news for the WTA family and tennis fans around the world. “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. I wish Kim all the best in this next chapter of her playing career”, Mr Simon said.