Kim Clijsters plans July comeback, plays baseball in the meantime


Kim Clijsters is getting into baseball with her two sons while she’s preparing for a delayed comeback in July.

The four-time Grand Slam champion Clijsters was supposed to compete at the Miami Open and the Volvo Car Open as a wildcard, but opted out of playing because of lack of physical preparation.

The 37-year-old Clijsters had ended an eight-year absence from competitive tennis last year, but she has played just three matches since. In October 2020, Clijsters underwent a right knee surgery to repair damage that accumulated through the course of her long career. The rehab progressed well, but in January 2021 she was diagnosed with COVID-19 and even though the symptoms were mild, the disease disrupted her training schedule, so she postponed her comeback.

Posting a photo of the catcher’s box, the Belgian tennis ace revealed that she’s getting into baseball with her sons Jack and Blake:

It’s a different kind of clay and grass for me this year. It’s been a busy time with the family – I’m event learning a new sport with my boys!

In the social media post, Clijsters also said that her recovery continues and she’s planning a return in July. Her first stop will be an exhibition in Atlanta where she’ll face fellow former US Open champion Sloane Stephens. They will open a week celebrating the return of live professional tennis to Midtown Atlanta and Atlantic Station at the 2021 Truist Atlanta Open that runs from July 24 to August 1. The Clijsters vs. Stephens women’s exhibition will take place on July 25, 7 p.m.


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