Clijsters sustained a knee harm and stated she will not be capable to compete on the Australian Open in two months.
“I’ve needed to make the choice that I will be unable to compete in January,” the four-time main champion and former world No. 1 wrote in a tweet Monday.
“I’m present process rehab and therapy for a knee harm. It is a setback however I am decided as ever to get again to the sport I really like. I actually admire all of your help and encouragement.”
She final performed aggressive matches when she was 29 on the 2012 US Open. Following her retirement then, the Belgian was inducted into the Worldwide Tennis Corridor of Fame as a member of the category of 2017.
This will likely be Clijsters’ second comeback to the game. She first made a profitable return to the WTA in 2009, profitable three of her 4 main titles — the US Open in 2009 and 2010 and the Australian Open in 2011 — after dropping her first 4 grand slam finals.
Along with her US Open win in 2009, Clijsters turned the third WTA participant to win a serious after giving delivery, following Margaret Court docket and Evonne Goolagong. She returned to the No. 1 spot on this planet on February 14, 2011.
“Whereas there’s loads of work forward of me within the subsequent 4 months, my largest motivation is the non-public problem concerned — each bodily and mentally, I wish to take a look at myself once more,” Clijsters stated in a press launch when she revealed her comeback plans.
“At 36 years outdated I really feel like I am too younger to be retired and, with so many inspirational athletes and mothers competing, I am unable to wait to get again on the match courtroom and see what’s attainable after having three youngsters.”
Clijsters made her WTA debut age 15 at Antwerp in 1999. She received her first main in 2005 on the US Open. In Could 2007, she stepped away from the game, marrying US basketball participant Brian Lynch and giving delivery to her daughter Jada in 2008. She additionally has two sons, Jack (born in 2013) and Blake (born in 2016).
Clijsters owns 41 profession singles titles and 11 profession doubles titles. As a former world No. 1 and grand slam champion, Clijsters could have entry to limitless wild playing cards.