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Paradorn poised for return in doubles

BANGKOK -- Former ninth-ranked Paradorn Srichaphan announced his nearly three-year comeback from injury on Saturday, saying he'll play doubles at the Thailand Open next week.

The 30-year-old Thai hasn't played on the ATP Tour since March 2007 because of a wrist injury. He'll team up with his countryman Danai Udomchoke as a wild-card entry in the tournament, which starts Monday.

"I wanted to come back by using the Thailand Open as my tournament. I'm not fit enough for the singles," Paradorn said.

Paradorn originally planned a return to the tour last year. He had operations on the wrist in Los Angeles in 2007 and Bangkok this year.

Married to former Miss Universe Natalie Glebova, Paradorn spent his free time motorcycling, appearing on Thai sports TV shows and opening an Italian restaurant.

Paradorn has won five career titles, the last one in Nottingham in 2004.