Former World No.1 Kim Clijsters of Belgium is planning to make a comeback into the women’s professional tennis very soon. Clijsters recently agreed to take part in a World Team Tennis event this summer and according to the Associated Press, she has also requested a wild card entry in the US Open 2009.
A person who works at the U.S. Tennis Association tells the AP there have been conversations between a tournament official and representatives of Clijsters, who retired in 2007.
The person said the USTA told Clijsters she would receive a U.S. Open wild card if she formally requests one.
Kim will soon be holding a press conference regarding her comeback plans.
Kim had retired from her professional tennis career in May 2007 to start a family and take of her frequent injury problems. She later got married to NBA player Brian Lynch and the couple had a daughter, Jade Elie, in February 2008. She lost to French player Amelie Mauresmo in her last WTA match at the finals of the Antwerp Diamond Games.
Kim was ranked No.1 for a while in 2003. Her career’s highlight was winning the 2005 US Open by defeating France’s Mary Pierce at the Flushing Meadows and she now hopes to make a grand comeback at the same stage. She has almost 34 singles WTA titles to her name.
For now, Clijsters is scheduled to play an exhibition match against former champion Steffi Graf on May 17th at Wimbledon. Other tennis biggies Andre Agassi and Tim Henman are also playing in the event.
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