“Back on Court This Weekend”: Kim Clijsters Relishes Coming Back on Tour Against Sloane Stephens

Published 07/21/2021, 7:52 AM EDT
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)


Belgian tennis player Kim Clijsters has been on Tour for two decades. During her long illustrious career, she has enjoyed rivalries with some of the great players like compatriot Justine Henin and with the William sisters too. She has won Grand Slam titles in singles as well as doubles too.

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Recently, Clijsters posted a picture of herself training to get back in shape as she is soon to return on Tour. She will be playing against America’s Sloane Stephens at the WTA Atlanta Open, beginning on 24th July onwards.

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)

Kim Clijsters to play her first match of the season

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The former World No. 1 tweeted, Tough session !! … and now time for recovery Back on court this weekend in Atlanta — excited to play Sloane!” This comes as positive news as the Belgian has been out of action since last season. During her career, Kim has come out of retirement on more than an occasion.

Speaking on Kim’s career, she has enjoyed tremendous success, winning five Grand Slam titles. She has won the US Open on three counts and the Australian Open twice. She has held the top spot in rankings in both singles and doubles. The Belgian has also won the French Open and Wimbledon Championships, although in the doubles category.

Reflecting on her latest comeback, Clijsters came back on Tour after a period of eight years. She made a return in 2020 at the US Open. Coincidentally, she will be resuming her season when the tennis tournaments shift towards the North American region. 

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It will be great to have a legend return on the courts. All eyes will be on her with fans eager to see how she performs in the upcoming event. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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