Kim Clijsters - Bio, Net Worth, Married, Husband, Age, Family, Nationality, Ranking, Retired, Height, Facts, Wiki, Career, Awards, Kids, Record, Title
Kim Antonie Lode Clijsters famed as Kim Clijsters is a Belgian professional tennis player who was a world No. 1 in both singles and doubles, having held both rankings simultaneously in 2003. Altogether, she won a total of six Grand Slam tournament titles, four in singles and two in doubles. Clijsters announced to come back to WTA Tour in 2020. She competed professionally from 1997 to 2012 in an era where her primary rivals were compatriot Justine Henin and 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, Serena Williams. In September 2019, Clijsters announced her plans to come back to the tour once again, at the start of the 2020 season. Overall, she is a very talented tennis player with a net worth of $20 Million.
Kim Clijsters announces 2020 comeback - 'I love the challenge'
Former No.1 Kim Clijsters is coming out of retirement. In an exclusive interview, the 36-year-old mother of three discussed her decision, progress, and expectations on the WTA Insider Podcast. Four-time major champion Kim Clijsters is set to come out of retirement and return to the WTA Tour in 2020. "I don't really feel like I want to prove something," Clijsters said on the WTA Insider Podcast. "I think for me it's the challenge. "I have friends who would say, I want to run the New York Marathon before I turn 50. For me, I still love to play tennis. Whenever I'm at a Grand Slam playing the Legends, if somebody asked me hey, do you want to hit some balls, I'm the first one to be like I'll hit. I'll be the hitting partner for your practice today. I still love playing tennis. "The love for the sport is obviously still there. But the question still is, am I capable of bringing it to a level where I would like it to be at and where I want it to be at before I want to play at a high level of one of the best women's sports in the world. This marks the second time in the Belgian's illustrious career that she will return to the tour after an extended hiatus. Clijsters turned pro in 1997 and first reached No.1 in 2003. Two years after winning her first major at the 2005 US Open, Clijsters stunned the world when she announced her retirement at the age of 23 due to injuries and to start a family. She was back on the circuit two years later. In the interim, she gave birth to her daughter Jada in February of 2008, and she came out of retirement to play her first tournaments in August 2009 at the Western & Southern Open and Rogers Cup, immediately tallying two Top 10 wins. "We can talk about the start of 2020 and see where can we get a wildcard, but if I feel in December that I'm not even near to where I want to be, then I'm not going to go just for the sake of going somewhere. I want to feel like I'm getting to where I want to be. "I still have three and a half months before and so I still think I can have a lot of improvement to go through in these next few months and that I look forward to seeing where that will lead me."
Early Life of Kim Clijsters
Kim Clijsters was born on 8th June 1983 in Bilzen, Belgium as Kim Antonie Lode Clijsters. Her nationality is Belgian and her ethnicity is white. Her sun sign is Gemini. She was born to Lei and Els Clijsters, her parents. She has a sister named Elke Clijsters. As of 2019, she celebrated her 36th birthday. There is no information regarding her education. Her religion is Christian.
Body Measurements of Kim Clijsters
Kim is a very beautiful woman with an athletic body build. She has got a very charming smile on her lips. Her tall height measure at 1.74 m or 5 ft 8.5 in. She has a well-maintained body weight of 68 Kg or 149 lbs. Her bra size is 32B and her body measurement is 33-26-35 in. Her shoe size is 6.5 (UK). Her hair color is blonde and her eye color is brown.
Kim Clijsters Career (Tennis Player)
- At a very young age, Kim had success at both the national and international levels.
- She won the 12-and-under division of the Belgian Junior Championships (the Coupe de Borman) in doubles with her future longtime rival Justine Henin in the year 1993.
- Her first big international junior title came at Les Petits As, a high-level 14-and-under tournament.
- She defeated future top 25 players Iveta Benesova and Elena Bovina in the semifinals and final respectively.
- At the very end of 1997, she partnered with Zsofia Gubacsi to win her first ITF title in the doubles event at the Grade A Orange Bowl, one of the highest level junior tournaments.
- She had her best year on the junior tour, finishing the season at career-high rankings of world No. 11 in singles and world No. 4 in doubles in the year 1998.
- She qualified for her first main draw at her second career tournament on the lower-level ITF Women's Circuit, which was held in the Belgian coastal town of Koksijde in 1997.
- She won both the singles and doubles events for her first career professional titles playing in Brussels in 1998.
- She continued to excel at the ITF level, winning four more titles within the next year, two in both singles and doubles.
- She began 1999 with a WTA singles ranking of No. 420 in the world.
- She made her WTA debut at the tournament in May, entering the main draw as a lucky loser after losing in the final round of qualifying.
- She entered Wimbledon as the youngest player in the top 200 after she turned sixteen.
- She ultimately made it to the round of sixteen in her Grand Slam tournament debut where she defeated world No. 10 Amanda Coetzer in the third round and did not drop a set until losing to Steffi Graf one round later, her only career match against her childhood idol.
- She next played at the Luxembourg Open where she won the title with relative ease in just her fourth career WTA event, taking affinity for the friendly atmosphere of the smaller tournament and the faster carpet courts.
- She was also named WTA Newcomer of the Year, having risen to No. 47 in the world.
- At the Indian Wells Open in early 2001, she finally defeated Hingis in her fourth meeting against the world No. 1 player to reach her first Tier I final.
- She also became the first Belgian to contest a Grand Slam singles final where she had defeated No. 16 Henin in the semifinals in their closest and highest-profile match to date, coming back from a set and a break down, and also having saved three break points that would have put her behind 5-2 in the second set.
- She won three singles titles in 2001, including her second titles at both the Luxembourg Open and the Sparkassen Cup, to help her finish the season at No. 5 in the world.
- With four doubles finals in total, she was also ranked No. 15 in doubles at the end of the year.
- Later, she began her singles season by winning the Sydney International over Lindsay Davenport, her third consecutive title.
- After losing in the final at Serena Williams next two tournaments, she recovered at the Indian Wells Open to win her first Tier I title.
- She won another Tier I title on clay in May at the Italian Open over No. 4 Amelie Mauresmo, who had a chance to serve for the match in the second set.
- She maintained her form into 2004, her season was ultimately marred by injuries.
- The 2006 season saw a variety of injury issues for Clijsters.
- She only played in 14 tournaments, missing the US Open as well as the Fed Cup final.
- She withdrew from her first tournament of the year, the Sydney International with hip and back problems.
- She then planned a limited schedule for 2010 to keep her focus on her family and ended up playing just eleven tournaments.
- She entered the Australian Open as one of the favorites but was upset by No. 19 Nadia Petrova in the third round, only winning one game in that loss
- She knew she was planning to retire in 2012 as she did not want to be on the tour while her daughter was in school in 2011.
- She began the season at the Sydney International, where she finished runner-up to Li Na in straight sets despite winning the first five games of the match.
- She made one last final at her next WTA event, the Paris Open, where she was defeated by Petra Kvitova.
- She then entered the US Open having not lost a match there since 2003 final.
- She recorded her last WTA singles match win against Victoria Duval in the first round before falling to Laura Robson in her next match.
- Her career ended with a second-round mixed doubles loss alongside Bob Bryan to the eventual champions Ekaterina Makarova and Bruno Soares, at which point she officially retired.
- After Clijsters's retirement, she established the Kim Clijsters Academy in her hometown of Bree.
Marital Status, Husband, Child
Kim is a married woman since 2007. She was married to Brian Lynch, her husband. Brian is an American basketball coach and former player. The couple is blessed with a son named Jack Leon, Blake and a daughter named Jada Elly. As of today, the couple is living a happy life without any disturbances. They are enjoying their life a lot.
Net Worth of Kim Clijsters
The net worth of this famous tennis player is estimated to have $20 Million as of 2019. Her prize money till now is $2 Million but her exact salary has not been revealed yet and is still under review. Since Clijsters retired, she has served as a part-time coach to several players, including compatriots Elise Mertens and Yanina Wickmayer. She has also occasionally been a commentator at the Grand Slam tournaments, working for the BBC and Fox Sports Australia at Wimbledon and for Channel 7 at the Australian Open. During her playing career, she was represented by Belgian company Golazo Sports. Babolat has sponsored her racquets since 1999, and she specifically has used the Pure Drive model. She had previously worn Nike apparel but was not under contract.