Freak knee injury delays planned Clijsters return

A freak knee injury she suffered while playing padelball will prevent the January return to tennis for Kim Clijsters.

The three-time Grand Slam winner had been planning her third comeback to the sport eight years after playing her last match.

Now, the Belgian mother of three has had to postpone January’s hoped-for appearance in Australia to properly heal and rehab a small tear in her right knee.

“It’s a setback but I’m determined as ever to get back to the game I love,” she posted on social media.

“I’ve had to make the decision that I will not be able to compete in January. I am undergoing rehab and treatment for a knee injury. I really appreciate all your support and encouragement.”

Clijsters has been in and out of the game over the past two decades, retiring for the first time in 2007 prior to having first child Jada. 

But she returned two years later, won three additional Grand Slam titles (her second and third at the US Open plus one more in Australia) before hanging the racquet up once more in 2012.

But Clijsters had indicated that the successful post-pregnancy comeback of former rivals Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams had given her the dream of attempting yet another comeback.

Her status as a former No. 1 with 41 career titles assured her of wildcard entries by the WTA; but she would need to play three events and earn 10 ranking points to re-join the rankings list.

Photo: Kim Clijsters with daughter Jada and 2009 US Open trophy. Photo Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

Written by Bill Scott for Grandslamtennis.online. To read more visit grandslamtennis.online

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