Santoro To Play Australian Open
by ATP Staff|
According to his official Web site, the 37-year-old's motivation is to make his 70th career Grand Slam appearance and to become the only player to have competed in a major in four different decades (1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s).
"This decision does not affect my announcement to retire as a professional player," Santoro said.
"This is just a very personal thing. There is nothing else to it, and it certainly is not a comeback."
Santoro, winner of six singles and 24 doubles titles on the ATP World Tour, is still ranked No. 68 in singles. He officially retired after a first-round loss to James Blake at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris in November.
An Australian Open singles quarter-finalist in 2006 - his best singles result at a major - Santoro is a two-time former doubles champion in Melbourne, winning consecutive titles in 2003 and 2004 with compatriot Michael Llodra.
"Tennis is my life, my passion. My decision to retire did not mean I was going to throw my racquets into a cupboard," Santoro added.
"And I will continue to play in exhibition matches and doubles if I feel I am still at a good enough level to do so."