Kim Clijsters has put her latest comeback to tennis on hold, with the Belgian confirming on Sunday that a case of COVID wrecked her training schedule.
The 37-year-old who returned to the WTA more than a year ago and played four matches in the virus-interrupted 2020 season had been offered wild cards to the Miami Masters this month and a clay event in Charleston.
But Clijsters, winner of four Grand Slam titles in her heyday a decade ago. was forced to call it all off.
She contracted a mild case of the virus in January and said she had not been able to keep up serious rehab from her October knee operation.
“While the COVID symptoms were mild, they did interrupt my training schedule,” she tweeted.
“Unfortunately I’m not where I want to be, especially if I want to compete with the best.
“It’s disappointing and frustrating – I knew this was going to be hard work when I started this journey. I’m going to keep pushing and see what’s possible.
“I’m going to undergo some pain management treatment for the next 3-6 weeks and then regroup with my team and see what’s next.”
Clijsters retired for the first time in 2007 with one US Open title, but had a change of heart two years later and came back to the court to win three more majors.
She retired for a second time in 2012 before her mini-comeback last season.
Main photo:- Kim Clijsters losing to Garbine Muguruza in her 2020 comeback