When the trainers ask Kim Clijsters about her plan, desperation scatters. “Sorry, there is no plan. What can I say?” stutter.
When they ask her to get fitter, frustration mounts. “It’s easy to say, but I have three kids at home. That’s why I couldn’t do exercises, I was too busy doing homework.”
“I try to walk and do my exercises in between, but I haven’t been able to manage it at home.”
“Want? There’s a difference between wanting and being able to. Ideally, I’d like to play tennis every day. And work on my fitness for 2, 3, or 4 hours every day, but it’s not possible. What do I do? I can get it at home without any Regulations “.
World No. 1 tennis player Kim Clijsters (40) declared the practically impossible in 2019: a comeback at the highest level. At that time she was a 36-year-old mother of three.
After seven years of silence, she’s picking up her racket again and aiming for a career-best third.
It didn’t last long, though, because as soon as “Kimback” started producing results, disaster struck. A knee injury delayed the operation and the coronavirus pandemic halted the entire plan. On April 12, 2022, she finally hung up her tennis racket.
The one constant throughout the tumultuous comeback: the cameras. In the documentary Kim Clijsters: Come Home, she looks over the former champ’s shoulder through every step of her career.
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