Comeback rumors are swirling around Kim Clijsters after the former No. 1 signed-up for a May doubles exhibition at Wimbledon with Tim Henman, Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, then announced she would play the summer World TeamTennis league in the U.S.
Now the Clijsters comeback stock has moved from “Hold” to “Buy” as it’s been revealed that the Belgian has asked for advice on travelling on the WTA circuit with children, tapping another former No. 1 comeback mom, Lindsay Davenport.
“Kim Clijsters sent me an email with questions about how to travel and live with a child on the WTA circuit,” said Davenport, who is doing TV commentator for FOX Sports’ coverage of Indian Wells. “So I think she will play WTA tournaments beside exhibition games in Wimbledon and the United States.”
Clijsters’ former coach, Carl Maes, also thinks a WTA Tour comeback is in the cards for the new mom, who is reportedly training hard for the Wimbledon exo and World TeamTennis appearances.
“When she stopped [playing] I never said it would be the last time [we would see her on the tour],” Maes told Reuters in a telephone interview. “I think it’s too early to tell but somewhere in the back of her mind, it must be something that she’s considering. If she’s fit and wants to play then I think it’s a possibility. I wouldn’t be completely surprised.”
The 25-year-old won the 2005 US Open and reached the No. 1 ranking, but retired in 2007, saying she wanted a break from the aches and pains of professional tennis, and yearned to start a family. The following year then-No. 1 Justine Henin retired, ending Belgium’s brief yet unexpectedly exciting run as a top-tier country in women’s tennis.
Belgium’s current Top 3 players are No. 73-ranked Yanina Wickmayer, No. 86 Kirsten Flipkens, and No. 281 Tamaryn Hendler.
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