Kim Clijsters said she’s skipping the clay-court tennis season, including the French Open, to focus on getting fit for Wimbledon and the London Olympics.
The four-time Grand Slam champion’s recovery from a torn hip muscle is progressing slower than expected and the Belgian won’t be able to resume training for another three weeks, according to a statement on her website. The French Open starts May 27.
“My current physical condition doesn’t allow me to get in optimal shape for Roland Garros,” Clijsters, 28, said in the statement. “I cannot wait, however, to begin a long period of preparation for the grass season, with Wimbledon and the Olympic Games my principal objectives.”
Clijsters, who was injured in Miami last month, plans to return to the women’s tour at the June 17-23 Unicef Open grass court event in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. Wimbledon begins June 25, with the Olympic tennis tournament at the All England Club starting July 28.
Clijsters has won three major championships since returning to the women’s tour in 2009 from a two-year break during which she had a child. She has said this will be her final season.
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