French player Tatiana Golovin said on Friday she will return to competitive tennis despite having retired 11 years ago, a day after Kim Clijsters announced her shock comeback.
The 31-year-old Golovin, a former world No 12 and a US Open quarter-finalist in 2006, was forced to retire aged 20 due to lower back inflammation. “The idea has been taking shape for a year and since this summer I’ve been really serious about it,” she told French television channel BeIN Sports, where she works as a pundit.
“The goal was to be ready early next year, but things are going fast and now I plan to resume perhaps by mid-October.”
Golovin, who was born in Russia and spent years training in Florida, won both of her two WTA titles in 2007. Former world No 1 and four-time Grand Slam champion Clijsters, 36, will return to the WTA Tour next season seven years after retiring for a second time.