Kim Clijsters back to practice ahead of 2020 return

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Kim Clijsters back to practice ahead of 2020 return

The former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters shared a video of herself practicing on the court in an attempt to make a return on the Tour in January 2020 in Australia before the opening Grand Slam of the season. Speaking of Clijsters' decision, Petra Kvitova said: "I didn't expect that announcement, so it really surprised me that she's coming back.

I like Kim as a person and as a player. I think she achieved a lot. She is still a normal person which I really like. It will be nice to see her on the tour again. Hopefully, she will do great as she did before. I think she's coming after seven or eight years back on the tour.

A lot of things changed. I think that physically it's much tougher than it was before. It's a pretty long time. I was out for a couple of months, but not like for seven years. I can't really say how tough it is. But definitely it will be very tough.

We are seeing girls who were out for one year or two years still trying to come back. It's not really easy. We'll see how she can do that." Meanwhile, Marcel Granollers spoke about possibly playing Davis Cup for Spain: "I would be very happy and this year it is played in Madrid, so for us, it's even more special and I would be happy to play it."

Granollers lost to the Canadian Vasek Pospisil in straight sets, 7-5 7-6, in the Shanghai second round qualies. He will partner up with Horacio Zeballos in the doubles draw. They won the US Open a few weeks ago. "We played together again last week and the day we trained together we played at a big level and we hope to show it in the competition.

If here I achieve some big result, it will definitely help to possibly play Davis Cup", said Granollers, who defeated Alexei Popyrin on Saturday in the first round qualies.