Kim Clijsters’ return to tennis in Chicago was inspired by Andy Murray.
Kim Clijsters, a four-time Grand Slam champion, lost a close three-set match to Hsieh Su-wei in Chicago.
While Andy Murray begins his comeback, another multiple Grand Slam champion is looking to the Britishman for inspiration as they prepare to return to professional tennis. Kim Clijsters announced her comeback two years ago, but due to the pandemic and injury niggles, she has only competed in a few tournaments since then. After losing a tough first-round match in Chicago this week, the former world No. 1 spoke out on how Murray’s own on-court accomplishments have driven her.
Murray was the world No. 1 when he limped off Centre Court at Wimbledon in 2017 with a hip injury, ending his season.
As he arrived at the Australian Open in 2019, the three-time Grand Slam champion confessed through tears that he would likely be retiring after a hip surgery and a series of short-lived comebacks.
After returning to the UK after losing in the first round to Roberto Bautista Agut in Melbourne, the Brit had a successful comeback on the Queens grass courts, entering the doubles with Feliciano Lopez and winning the title on his first tournament back.
He won his first post-surgery title in Antwerp later that year, and he has since worked his way back up the rankings, presently sitting at No. 109.
Clijsters has admitted that Murray is an inspiration for her as she tries to make a comeback after retiring in 2012.
The Belgian declared her comeback two years ago, and she played her first match after more than seven years in retirement at the 2020 Dubai Tennis Championships, falling in the first round to previous Australian Open runner-up Garbine Muguruza.
She only played two more events before needing knee surgery: the Monterrey Open in March 2020, when she lost in the first round to Johanna Konta, and the US Open in August of same year, where she lost in three sets to Ekaterina Alexandrova.
The 38-year-old finally resumed her comeback on Monday (September 27), losing a close three-set match to Hsieh Su-wei at the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic after undergoing surgery in October and later contracting COVID.
Clijsters commented about Murray and his resurgence ahead of her return to Chicago. “Brinkwire News Summary.”