Former world number one Kim Clijsters has confirmed that she will miss next months French Open to focus on getting fit for Wimbledon and the Olympics this summer.
“I cannot wait to begin a long period of preparation for the grasscourt season, with the main objectives Wimbledon and the Olympics” revealed the tennis ace.
Clijster suffered a torn hip muscle during last months Sony Ericsson Open in Florida. She was optimistic to have recovered in time for the grandslam tournament in which she was runner up on two occasions in 2001 and 2003. A statement on her official website read that she “will have to recover for four weeks” thus not giving her enough time to prepare for Roland Garros, which gets underway on May 28th. “My current physical condition does not allow me to get into top shape for Roland Garros” said Clijster.
As a result the Belgian has decided to skip the claycourt season and has set her sights on returning for the upcoming grasscourt season and this summer Olympic Games in London.
Clijster is set to return to action on June 17th in the Rosmalen Open in Holland which takes place one week before the famous Wimbledon tournament gets underway in SW19. Following Wimbledon she will set her sights firmly on winning gold at the London Olympics where the tennis begins on July 28th.
Clijster is set to retire from tennis at the end of the season.