Two-time French Open runner-up Kim Clijsters explains why she won’t be playing at Roland Garros

Kim Clijsters interview

Former French Open runner-up Kim Clijsters was a surprise omission for a Roland Garros wildcard, but the four-time Grand Slam winner says her recent showing in New York City showed her what she “needs to work on”.

Having retired for a second time in 2012, Clijsters made a third career comeback earlier in 2020 as she played in Dubai and Monterrey before the coronavirus brought tennis to a halt.

She received a wildcard entry into the main draw for the US Open, but lost her first-round encounter against 21st seed Ekaterina Alexandrova in three sets.

The Belgian was expected to compete on the clay in Rome and Roland Garros, but she has decided to skip the red dirt campaign and admits she doesn’t know when she will be back.

“I have decided to spend the next few weeks with my family,” she wrote on Twitter. “NYC showed how much progress I’ve made & also what I need to work on. Not sure where I’ll play next but will let you know soon. For now, back to training & school lunches!”

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