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Dutchman Jacco Eltingh will return to the ATP Tour next year to play doubles, four years after retiring from the sport.

The 32-year-old quit in 1998 after a series of injuries, but has decided on a return with compatriot Paul Haarhuis, with whom he won doubles titles in all Grand Slam tournaments in the mid to late 90s.

Haarhuis confirmed on Wednesday that the duo will re-form, and may make their return at the Rotterdam ABN/Amro Tournament in February.

He said: "Jacco indicated that he would like to play a few more tournaments at the highest level again.

"When Jacco saw that I still could perform well with less training and effort, it started to interest him again."

The pair have not yet determined which tournaments they are going to play.

"We will have to play one or two tournaments to see how things progress," Haarhuis said.

First, though, Haarhuis will play doubles in Milan with Sjeng Schalken in January as they prepare for the Davis Cup match in Switzerland a month later.



Anybody happy about that? I have to admit, I never saw him play and it's so strange that he decided to return after the cutback in prize money for doubles
 

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THey're a good doubles team and could be succesfull again. Hope to see them in Rotterdam.
 
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