Former World No. 1 Kim Clijsters, of Belgium, says she still wants to revive her tennis career even after the tennis tour shutdown due to the global pandemic. Clijsters will play the World TeamTennis (WTT) event which kicks off its three-week regular season on Sunday at the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia.
Kim Clijsters and Sloane Stephens on the World TeamTennis
Clijsters returned to the tour in February and played two tournaments before the tennis circuit shutdown but says she is still keen to pursue her comeback. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Clijsters says, "The most important lesson for me, is to just kind of trust the process.
It doesn’t mean because COVID happened that I’m not interested in playing more tennis. There are some challenges and combining parenting at home and teaching the kids at home and still going to practice and things like that, so it was challenging but at the same time you get through that together”.
Former US Open champion Sloane Stephens says she wants to make sure all the protocols and guidelines are followed while the sport makes a comeback. "I feel like I can protect myself the best I can. I can protect others by following what the protocols are and the guidelines and just make sure that I’m following all the rules so I don’t harm anyone else or myself."
World TeamTennis is a mixed-gender professional tennis league played with a team format in the United States, which was founded in 1973. The 2020 World TeamTennis season will be the 45th season of the league in the United States.
The 2020 World TeamTennis season will include nine teams and each team will play a 14-match regular-season schedule. As per the World TeamTennis website, other players who are committed to playing in this year's event include Mardy Fish, Sabine Lisicki, Jack Sock, Milos Raonic, Steve Johnson, Taylor Fritz, Taylor Townsend, Donald Young, Ryan Harrisoon, Christina McHale, Coco Vandeweghe, Danielle Collins, Tennys Sandgren, the Bryan Brothers, Monica Puig, Sam Querrey, Eugenie Bouchard, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Rajeev Ram.
Some of the precautions being used by World TeamTennis include players and staff having self-quarantined for two weeks in the United States and players undergoing testing and have daily temperature checks. There will be a maximum of 500 fans being allowed at the Greenbrier’s 2,500-seat stadium, Center Court at Creekside.
All fans will be required to wear masks and undergo temperature checks. Kim Clijsters is a four-time Grand Slam champion and former World No. 1 while Sloane Stephens won the 2017 US Open champion, and has won six WTA singles titles in total.