Kim Clijsters, who recently announced that she would compete in the World Team Tennis event in the United States later this year and in a special event at Wimbledon in May, will hold a press conference in her hometown of Bree where complete details of her 2009 schedule will be revealed.
Her comeback is likely to include plans to play at the US Open in September, with Clijsters already rumoured to have made an inquiry about the possibility of a wild card.
According to a person who works at the U.S. Tennis Association, there have been conversations between a tournament official and representatives of Clijsters. The person said the USTA told Clijsters she would receive a U.S. Open wild card if she formally requests one.
It’s also been revealed that Kim has asked for advice on traveling on the WTA circuit with children, tapping another former No. 1 comeback mom, Lindsay Davenport.
“Kim Clijsters sent me an email with questions about how to travel and live with a child on the WTA circuit,” said Davenport. “So I think she will play WTA tournaments beside exhibition games in Wimbledon and the United States.”
Her former coach Carl Maes told Reuters last week that Clijsters, who retired in May 2007 before marrying basketball player Brian Lynch and giving birth to a daughter, could return to the WTA tour and that she's training hard for the Wimbledon exo and World TeamTennis appearances.
“When she stopped [playing] I never said it would be the last time [we would see her on the tour],” Maes told Reuters in a telephone interview. “I think it’s too early to tell but somewhere in the back of her mind, it must be something that she’s considering. If she’s fit and wants to play then I think it’s a possibility. I wouldn’t be completely surprised.”
Posted by Lana On 3/24/2009 09:16:00 PM