Thu, July 28 – 2016
Kim Clijsters is a formidable former Belgian tennis professional and a former world No. 1 in both singles and doubles. Clijsters won 41 WTA singles titles and 11 WTA doubles titles. She won four Grand Slam singles titles: three at the US Open, in 2005, 2009, and 2010 and one at the Australian Open in 2011. She was also runner-up in four Grand Slam singles tournaments and won the WTA Tour Championships singles title in 2002, 2003, and 2010. In doubles, she won the French Open and Wimbledon titles in 2003. She was also runner-up in two Grand Slam doubles tournaments, one WTA Championships doubles tournament, and one Grand Slam mixed doubles tournament. In 2001, Clijsters was part of the Belgian Fed Cup winning team. In June 2011, TIME magazine named her one of the “30 Legends of Women’s Tennis: Past, Present and Future”.
She is also widely recognized for her all-court defense, characterized by her speed and athleticism, and has the capacity to wear her opponents down. Clijsters is one of few players on the WTA tour who can slide on all surfaces. Clijsters possesses the perfect balance of athleticism: her powerful build and strength from her father Leo, a successful football player in Belgium, and flexibility from her mother Els, a national gymnast.
Clijsters officially retired from the active sports career in 2012. Widely respected for her philanthropic involvement, she is currently an Ambassador of SOS Children’s Villages Belgium. After her final goodbye, Kim gives birth to son Jack. Husband Brian is now a basketball coach, while Kim takes care of the household. In Bree she builds the Kim Clijsters Sports & Health Club and the KC Academy, where she’s involved in the day-to-day running. She also gets involved with international tennis tournaments, the Diamond Games in Antwerp in 2015 and the Kim Clijsters Trophy in Bree this June.
Earlier this year, Kim and her former coach Carl Maes launched TEN4KIM, a program to make sure that talented players are financially supported through contributions for training and tournament costs. Or as Kim stated: “I want to help the children and players that have the same dream as me… but can’t afford it.’’
Thu July 28, 2016 - 06:30 pm