Kim Clijsters will not make her return to the WTA Tour in January as previously planned, but she remains determined to compete again in 2020.
The Belgian won four Grand Slams in a stellar career before retiring in 2012 at the age of just 29.
That was actually her second retirement after initially stepping away from tennis in 2007 to start a family.
Earlier this year, she announced she was to launch another comeback bid next season, but there has been a mishap.
“I’ve had to make the decision that I will not be able to compete in January. I am undergoing rehab and treatment for a knee injury,” Clijsters, 36, said on Twitter.
“It’s a setback but I’m determined as ever to get back to the game I love.”
Clijsters has 41 singles titles to her name, including three US Open crowns and one Australian Open.
I’ve had to make the decision that I will not be able to compete in January. I am undergoing rehab and treatment for a knee injury. It’s a setback but I’m determined as ever to get back to the game I love. I really appreciate all your support and encouragement.
— Kim Clijsters (@Clijsterskim) November 4, 2019
As a previous winner, she’d have been all but certain to be offered a wildcard for the the Melbourne showpiece in January.
So far, no details regarding a revised comeback date have been revealed.
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