“Can Still Win Matches”: Andy Murray Backs Kim Clijsters for Her Tennis Return

Published 10/19/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
Oct 10, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Andy Murray (GBR) hits a shot during his second round match against Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


Former World No. 1 Andy Murray is competing in the European Cup 2021, which is scheduled to take place in Antwerp, Belgium. He was doing a press conference when they asked him a question based on former Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters. The British player spoke highly of the Belgian great. 

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Andy Murray was glad to see her return back but had a few words to share with regard to her form. The British player still felt these were early days and with time, Kim Clijsters will get better with her shot-making and fitness. He could relate to her as he is another player who has dealt with injuries in recent times.

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The three-time Grand Slam winner spoke on the Belgian’s return and stated, “She still hits the ball fantastic. I think the decision-making and things like that will come with more matches. I think physically she can get stronger. I think that was probably one of her biggest strengths when she was at the top of the game and as successful as she was.”

Andy Murray is feeling positive about the Belgian’s return 

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Murray praised Kim for her ability to strike the ball. Although, the more matches she plays, she will only get better. He even remembered her key characteristics when she was on top of her game. Andy is optimistic about the fact that she will return to the top and compete for the biggest prizes in the game.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA – AUGUST 02: Kim Clijsters of the New York Empire helps warm up a teammate during the finals of the World TeamTennis at The Greenbrier on August 02, 2020 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The 34-year-old player added, “With more time, more matches, more time on the practice court, physically she’ll keep getting better. It’s not easy after such a long time out of the game, but I’m sure she can still win matches at the highest level, judging on how she’s handled herself so well.”

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Clijsters was last seen competing in the Indian Wells tournament last week. Sadly, she lost in the opening round. Since she has just returned from an injury recently, we hope to see her compete against the top players in the 2022 season. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has 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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