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Clijsters retires again as family life beckons

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Former world number one Kim Clijsters has retired from professional tennis, the 38-year-old said on Tuesday, ending her career for the last time.

Clijsters, a four-time Grand Slam winner who retired twice during his career in 2007 and 2012, returned to action in February 2020 but failed to win any matches and also had to undergo knee surgery in October of the same year.

She last played in Indian Wells in October last year and was knocked out in the first round.

“I want to share with you that I have decided not to play official tournaments anymore. I can’t wait to see what new adventures will cross my path,” the Belgian wrote on Instagram.

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In an interview with the WTA website, Clijsters explained that she’s been busy moving to New Jersey with her family.

“I always like to hit the ball. With my schedule three, four days was enough to keep my pace under control, but definitely not enough if I decided to play another tournament,” she said.

“Say, if I chose Australia, it’s three to four weeks. It’s just not possible at this point in our family life. Life kind of takes over, right? »

Clijsters ends his career with 41 singles titles and over $24 million in prize money.