Kim Clijsters Reveals How Andy Murray Motivates Her to Make a Comeback

Published 09/27/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts to a winner against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece (not pictured) on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


3-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray failed to achieve glory at the Moselle Open 2021. He lost to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals of the ATP 250 tournament, who later went on to win the trophy. The final scoreline of the match was 7(7)-6(4), 6-3.

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Even though Andy Murray has not won a title this year, his comeback on the court has inspired many other tennis players including Kim Clijsters. In the pre-tournament press conference of the WTA Chicago Classic 2021, the former World No.1 highlighted that it is the British player whose return to the court motivates her a lot.

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Clijsters credits Murray with motivation for comeback

“Seeing Andy Murray and the way he speaks about his comeback and everything, it’s so motivating and it gives you a lot of energy too,” said Clijsters in the press conference.

Clijsters will be playing her first match at the upcoming Chicago Fall Classic since 2020. She revealed that she has been practicing really hard for making a return to the court.

“I’ve been practicing for a long time so I’m excited to start playing matches again. That’s the reason I’m here, to play more matches so I can slowly build my level and get more match rhythm and match routine under my belt,” added the 4-tme Grand Slam champion.

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Kim Clijsters discloses how she relates to Andy Murray

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Clijsters highlighted that she can relate a lot to Murray. She feels that both of them have been through some tough times but are still fighting hard to earn their place in the sport once again.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 19: Kim Clijsters of Belgium smiles during the mixed doubles match between John McEnroe of the United States and his partner Kim Clijsters of Belgium and Martina Navratilova of the United States and Jamie Murray of Great Britain during the Wimbledon No. 1 Court Celebration in support of the Wimbledon Foundation at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on May 19, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

“To see him go through the things he’s gone through and be open about the challenges of it and the belief that he has, I feel like it’s something I can relate to,” concluded the 38-year-old player.

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Kim Clijsters will playing her first match against Hsieh Su-wei at the WTA Chicago Fall Classic 2021 today. Fans are really looking forward to witnessing her again and want her to deliver an amazing performance. Will she be able to win the tournament?

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