Former world no. 1 and a Major champion Kim Clijsters will return to tennis next month in Monterrey, earning a wild card at Indian Wells and Charleston as well for the first action on the court since the US Open 2012! The Belgian had intended to make a comeback during the Australian swing in January, skipping the Australian Open with a knee injury and setting a return date for Monterrey.
In the meanwhile, she will practice with the Belgian Fed Cup squad this week in Kortrijk, backing her teammates who will compete against Kazakhstan on Friday and Saturday for the place at the first Fed Cup Finals in Budapest in April.
If they pass the upcoming obstacle, the Belgians will fight for the Fed Cup title and Clijsters could be in the team for Budapest, especially if she finds form in the upcoming events after such a long break. The winner of 41 WTA titles has three kids born in 2008, 2013 and 2016 with a former Villanova basketball player Bryan Lynch, staying involved in tennis after working at her Academy, as a commentator and also with compatriots Elise Mertens and Yanina Wickmayer.
The Belgian retired for the first time at the age of 23 in 2007 after the event in Warsaw when she was ranked 4th, struggling with a hip injury that plagued her future plans. Two years later, Kim made the best possible return in the summer of 2009, conquering the US Open after thrilling wins over Venus Williams, Na Li, Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki to write history as the first unseeded champion in New York and the first mom with a Major crown since 1980!
Embracing reduced schedule in 2010, Clijsters conquered Brisbane, Miami, Cincinnati, the US Open and the WTA Championships, proving her class again and adding the fourth Major crown to her tally next January in Melbourne, becoming world no.
1 in February and retiring after competing at seven tournaments in 2012. Clijsters was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 2017 and it should be exciting to see her on the court again, especially if she stays healthy.