Fans Say Farewell To Kim
Published September 25, 2012 04:54
Kim Clijsters ended her comeback and her historic WTA career after the US Open, where the former World No.1 won three of her four Grand Slam titles. She will be sorely missed by her legions of fans all over the world, if the plethora of e-mails sent to wtatennis.com are any indication. Here is a sample of them:
You have been a true champion on and off the court! You have touched the hearts of so many people around the world with your professionalism, strength and compassion. You will be missed but never forgotten. Best wishes in all of your future endeavors.
I had the honor of meeting you in Key Biscayne in 2001. It is wonderful to see that with all your success, you remain as kind and gracious as you were back then. Thank you for coming back and giving us such pleasure with your tennis. I wish you all the best in all of your future endeavors, both personally and professionally.
You will always be remembered as one of the legends in women's tennis and the world will be the poorer for not being able to witness your beautiful game and true grit and determination. I'm sure that you have inspired a nation of girls in your home country of Belgium but you have also inspired girls throughout the world. Wishing you every single moment of joy and happiness; you deserve it for entertaining us so much for so many years.
We will truly miss you!
See you around,
I have loved watching you play tennis for many years. I always felt you exemplified what sportsmanship behavior should be for any sport. It was sad when you left the first time, exciting to see you come back and do some amazing things and now sad to see you leave for good! All the best to you in your future endeavors. Thanks for great tennis.
Kim, you were more than a tennis champion, you were an amazing person and were always willing to give back to your fans. I will never forget meeting you and sharing a few words with you at one tournament or another. The world lost one of the best tennis players of all time but above all lost the best role model around. You will be missed and hope you continue to live life to the fullest.
All the best,
Kim, you have been an inspiration throughout your entire career, and you will be truly missed. My favorite moment watching you was when Jada was in your arms eyeing the US Open trophy that you had just won in 2009. You will be sincerely missed. Keep up the good work.
There are not many people who are genuinely loved and appreciated all over the world but Kim is certainly one of the few. Thanks so much for all the joy and pleasure you gave both myself and the rest of the tennis-loving Australian public over the last 10-plus years. You are an absolute legend.
You've been quite an inspiration. I've been battling a mysterious set of ailments for the past few years and watching tennis again was the only thing that kept me going. During these difficult times since my body wasn't functioning correctly, often times I was limited to just sitting on the couch. Watching tennis athletes like yourself gave me courage to not lose hope; your comeback and success was wonderful to witness.
Please remember that whether you know it or not, you've made a difference in people's lives. Hope you find other ways to continue to inspire others like me in spite of officially hanging up the tennis racquet.
Love & much luck,
From an avid fan in Australia - good luck in your retirement. May you and your family have good health and happiness. You will never be far away from tennis; of that I am quite sure. We will miss your personality and sunny smile on the circuit.
Your devoted fan,
Ruth (age 76)
I would like to take this opportunity to say well done for all you have achieved in your career. I watched you play my favorite player, Steffi Graf, at Wimbledon in '99 and knew you were going to be a great player. I have followed and rooted for you over the years and was so pleased when you came back and won the Open and followed this up with further slams at the Open and in Australia.
You have not only been one of the greats of the game, but also a superb role model to kids on and off the court. Your athleticism, professionalism, fair play and respectfulness to others hopefully can inspire them to follow in your footsteps.
Thank you for the memories and like many more people I will miss you, and wish you all the best for a great future.