David Goffin: Kim Clijsters is facing tough road but she is happy to be back



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David Goffin: Kim Clijsters is facing tough road but she is happy to be back

Belgian tennis star David Goffin says his fellow compatriot Kim Clijsters faces a tough road but he is optimistic that the 37-year-old could make a successful comeback to tennis following an eight-year absence. Last September, the four-time Grand Slam champion announced she was out of her retirement and she officially made her comeback to tennis in Dubai, in February -- where she was beaten by Garbine Muguruza in her opener.

A month later, former world No. 1 Clijsters suffered a straight loss to Great Britain's Johanna Konta in the Monterey first round. "She is an amazing person in tennis, on the court and off the court, so I'm really happy she is coming back," Goffin told Sky Sports.

Before her retirement, Clijsters enjoyed a successful career in doubles as well as she is a two-time Grand Slam doubles champion and a former world No. 1. "It's going to be a very tough challenge for her but if she feels OK and she wants to enjoy the game like the way she is practising, then it looks like she is happy to do it," Goffin said.

"It's not because she has to, it's because she wants to. She's feeling great, she's smiling when she is playing. She might not have any high expectations but she is doing it because she enjoys tennis and the competition."

Goffin uncertain about playing the US Open

Recently, Goffin expressed his concerns to Sky Sports regarding playing at this year's US Open. "I would love to go and fit it into my schedule, but I don't know if we will go at the moment," Goffin said.

"The cases over there are increasing so I don't know if it's good to go but we will try. We will practice on hard courts in preparation for the Cincinnati Masters and US Open. At the end of the day I don't know because it's not been good but of course the conditions can change.

"The conditions are really tough with a player plus one or maybe plus two maximum. I'm still hesitating. I'm not 100 per cent sure that I will go." The Belgian added that he and other players would also like to know some more details about the guidelines that the USTA will use in case a player tests positive during the event.

"You have seen the last few days and weeks that players have picked up COVID-19. The virus is in the tennis world. We don't know what will happen if there are cases during the tournament. Will it be cancelled? We would love to hear more details and then it will be more clear for us to make a choice [whether to travel to New York, or not]."