Kim Clijsters delays comeback, to skip Miami and Charleston tournaments

The 37-year-old Belgian star is eager to get into the best possible shape ahead of her comeback.

Kim Klijsters file photo; Credit: Kim Klijsters Twitter page

Fans of the former World No.1 Kim Clijsters have to wait a little longer to see the Belgian star in action as she delayed her comeback again. Despite getting wildcards to participate in Miami and Charleston events, Clijsters announced her intention to skip the tournaments due to fitness concerns. She had undergone a knee surgery in later half of 2020 and then tested positive for COVID-19 in January, which affected her training routine massively.

Explaining her decision, the four-time singles Grand Slam champion recently posted on twitter, “In October, I had surgery on my right knee to repair damage sustained over my career and to reduce pain.” She further added, “Results following surgery were good – rehab and recovery went well and I was feeling really positive.”

Clijsters then went on to explain the time when she was contracted with coronavirus earlier this year. “As you’ve heard, I had COVID in January and while the symptoms were mild, it did disrupt my training schedule,” she added. “I’ve had an intensive few weeks of training with my team. Unfortunately, I am not where I need to be, especially if I want to compete with the best,” her post stated.

The comeback queen

Known for her comeback, Clijsters had famously returned from giving birth to her child to win multiple Grand Slam singles titles. Taking her past into account, the latest setbacks will not hamper the Belgian star’s return as the 37-year-old vowed that she won’t quit.  

“It’s disappointing and frustrating. I knew this was going to be hard when I started this journey – and there have been challenges outside my control. I’m not ready to quit… I’m going to keep pushing and see what’s possible,” she added.

The post further read, “I want to thank the Miami and Charleston teams for the wild card opportunities and wish them all the best with their events.” She concluded by giving a little insight into her comeback plan. Clijsters added, “I am going to undergo some pain management treatment for the next 3-6 weeks and then regroup with my team and see what happens next.”




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