BRUSSELS – Kim Clijsters plans to postpone her comeback to the Monterrey Open in March more than seven years after her second retirement.
Clijsters said Monday that she accepts wild cards for the Mexican hard court event that begins on March 2, followed by Indian Wells on March 11 and the Charleston Clay tournament on April 6.
Former number 1 and four-time major champion, who is already a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, announced her comeback attempt in September. Her plans were postponed in November when she tore a ligament in her right knee.
"I am very happy with my progress and it was great to be back on the court and playing tennis again," said Clijsters in a statement. "It was a setback, but it really showed me how determined I am to go back to the game I love."
According to the WTA rules, as a former Grand Slam champion, she can receive unlimited wild card invitations to tournaments and, as a person older than 30, refuse to participate in certain events.
36-year-old Clijsters left the tour in 2007 and married and had the first of three children. About two years later, she returned and won her second and third US Open and an Australian Open. She retired in 2012 and worked on television.
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