Dutchman Fred Hemmes Jr. says the coaching arrangement with former World No. 1 Kim Clijsters has been going well and he sees a continuous improvement in her as she prepares to return to the WTA Tour after more than seven years away.
Speaking to the HLN website, Hemmes says, “It clicks well between us. I see her improving every day and I feel like I can help her. There is good chemistry between us. Even though I thought at the beginning: what the hell can I tell someone with so much experience? Now I feel like I can help her.
We have a very open communication. I am not a dictator above Kim. She is also no longer the Kim of the past, but a woman with three children. It is difficult to estimate what she can achieve now, but I see her improving every day and she has the mindset of a winner.
It is a matter of finding the right string to improve a few percent. " Once ranked in the world's top 200, Hemmes has coached Dutchwoman Arantxa Rus earlier before beginning to work at the Kim Clijsters Academy in Bree.
When Clijsters announced her decision to return to the tour at the end of last season, she hired Hemmes as her coach. Clijsters was scheduled to return to the tour in January but an injury she sustained in training forced her to delay her comeback. She is now scheduled to return to the tour at the WTA event in Dubai later this month.