Former World No.1 Kim Clijsters' much-anticipated 2020 comeback kicked back into high gear when the four-time Grand Slam champion released plans to play a trio of tournaments in March, starting with the Abierto GNP Seguros in Monterrey.
"I am really pleased with my progress and it’s been great to get back on the court and play tennis again," Clijsters said. "It’s been a setback but has really shown me how determined I am to return to the game I love."
Clijsters surprised the tennis world last fall when she announced an intent to return to tennis seven years after playing her last match at the 2012 US Open; the mother of three initially planned to play the Australian Open before a knee injury halted those plans.
"In early November, Kim Clijsters sustained a severe tear in her right MCL during a game of padel," notes Clijsters' team in a press release. "Official diagnosis: grade 2-3 sprain of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) (ligamentum collateral mediate). No surgery was required; Kim has been undergoing treatment and rehabilitation under the supervision of Sam Verslegers of Groep Sam at the Kim Clijsters Academy in Bree (Belgium). Given the positive progress, she has returned to the tennis courts and practice schedule last week."
Following Monterrey, Clijsters plans to play the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, a tournament she won twice, followed by the Volvo Car Open, which would be her first clay court tournament since 2011.