Kim Clijsters Biography
Kim Clijsters (Kim Antonie Lode Clijsters) is a Belgian former professional tennis player born on 8th June 1983 in Bilzen, Belgium. She is a former world No. 1 in both singles and doubles tennis.
Kim Clijsters Age
- Kim was born on 8th June 1983 in Bilzen, Belgium (35 years as of 2018)
Kim Clijsters Net worth
- She has an estimated net worth of $20 million dollars.
Kim Clijsters Family
Kim Clijsters was born in the Flemish Region of Belgium. She is the daughter of Lei Clijsters, a former international footballer, and Els Vandecaetsbeek, a former national gymnastics champion. Lei Clijsters died of lung cancer on 4 January 2009. Kim’s younger sister Elke finished 2002 as the ITF World Junior Doubles champion but retired in 2004 after back injuries.
Kim Clijsters Husband & Children
In December 2003, Kim Clijsters announced her engagement to Australian Lleyton Hewitt, but their relationship ended in October 2004.
In October 2006, Clijsters announced her engagement to American basketball player Brian Lynch, who was then playing for Euphony Bree in Clijsters’ hometown of Bree. Clijsters and Lynch married privately on 13 July 2007, at 6 am at the Bree city hall. They were married by the mayor, with sister Elke, Lynch’s brother Pat Lynch, and both sets of parents present.
The pair has three children. Clijsters gave birth to daughter, Jada Elle, on 27 February 2008, a son, Jack Leon Lynch on 18 September 2013 and a son, Blake Richard Lynch in October 2016.
The family splits their time, spending autumn in Belgium and summer at their home in Wall Township, New Jersey.
Tennis Player Kim Clijsters
Kim Clijsters started playing tennis at age five with her cousins, and her parents took her to watch matches around Europe. Her favourite tennis player growing up was Steffi Graf. She was an accomplished junior player. In singles, she finished as runner-up in the 1998 Wimbledon junior event, finishing 11th in the year-end singles ranking. In the same year in doubles, Clijsters won the French Open title with Jelena Dokić, defeating Elena Dementieva and Nadia Petrova in the final, as well as the US Open with Eva Dyrberg. Clijsters ended the season as no. 4 in the International Tennis Federation junior doubles world ranking.
In 1999, Kim Clijsters made her breakthrough professionally. She qualified for her first WTA tournament in Anterp but lost in the quarterfinal. She also reached the doubles quarterfinals of the same event with India’s Nirupama Vaidyanathan. At the end of the year, she was granted the WTA Most Impressive Newcomer award, the only Belgian player to have received this trophy.
In 2001, she reached her first Tier I final at the tournament in Indian Wells, California, losing to Serena Williams in a match overshadowed by controversy. Clijsters also reached her first Grand Slam final at the French Open, where she lost to Jennifer Capriati. At the end of 2002, when she won the year-end Home Depot Championships in Los Angeles, defeating top ranked Serena Williams in the final. On her way to the final, Clijsters defeated fourth-ranked Justine Henin and second-ranked Venus Williams, becoming just the fourth player to beat both of the Williams sisters in the same event.
In 2003 Clijsters started her season at the Adidas International, where she won her first tournament of the year. She reached the final after defeating Patty Schnyder, Chanda Rubin and Justine Henin. Clijsters’ third title of the year came at the Telecom Italia Masters in Rome, where she defeated Amélie Mauresmo in the final. At the French Open, Clijsters reached the final for the second time in three years, after defeating Nadia Petrova.
Clijsters won her first Grand Slam singles title at the US Open in 2005, after having reached four Grand Slam finals previously. By winning the US Open Series Clijsters doubled her US$1.1 million in prize money she received for winning the US Open, to US$2.2 million.
2007 was to be Clijsters’ final year on tour, as she had planned in 2005 to retire at the end of the 2007 season. She started the year by winning an exhibition tournament, the Watson Water Challenge, in Hong Kong. She then won the Medibank International in Sydney, defeating Nicole Pratt, Shahar Pe’er, Li Na, and Jelena Janković to claim the title, after being match point down in the final.
Kim Clijsters next played in Belgium at the Proximus Diamond Games, after pulling out of the Open Gaz de France with a hip injury. She reached the final without dropping a set, though she lost. In her first clay tournament of the year in Warsaw, Clijsters failed to defend her title, when she lost to Julia Vakulenko. On 6 May 2007, citing injuries, Clijsters announced on her official website that she was cutting short her season and bringing forward her plans to retire from professional tennis.
Almost two years after her retirement and one year after the birth of her daughter in February 2008, it was announced that Clijsters, along with Tim Henman, Steffi Graf, and Andre Agassi, would play an exhibition event on Wimbledon’s Centre Court in May, in order to test the new roof.
In 2009, she cameback and won her 2nd slam title. In March 2010, Clijsters won the Laureus World Sports Award for Comeback of the Year. She also won the WTA Comeback Player of the Year and the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award for the seventh time. Clijsters started her 2010 campaign at the Brisbane International in Australia as the top seed. In the same year she collected another grand slam title to make them three grand slam titles.
On New Year’s Day(2010), Clijsters defeated world No. 1, Caroline Wozniacki, in an exhibition match at the World Tennis Invitation in Thailand.
She began her 2012 season at the Brisbane International. She was leading in the first round and comfortably won her quarterfinal match. She comfortably won her quarterfinal match, however, Clijsters received a medical timeout for a hip spasm. She played only one game afterward, retiring to hand the match to Hantuchová. She officially retired on 2 September 2012.
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Kim Clijsters competed at the Diamond Games in December 2012, dubbed the ‘Kim’s Thank You Games’, as a ceremonial farewell in her native Belgium. In December 2013 at the Kim Clijsters Invitational (Diamond Games) at the Antwerp Sports Palace in Belgium, former and current tennis stars took part in some singles and mixed doubles exhibition matches. Kim and Xavier Malisse were victorious over Kirsten Flipkens and Henri Leconte in mixed doubles.
Clijsters competed in the Women’s Legends Doubles event at the 2014 French Open in June 2014 alongside Martina Navratilova as her partner. They won the doubles event defeating Nathalie Dechy and Sandrine Testud.
Kim Clijsters served in 2014 as Tournament Director for the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp, which had been previously played as a tournament and then as an exhibition.
In July 2017 Clijsters participated in the Ladies’ Invitation Doubles match at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships with Rennae Stubbs, playing against Andrea Jaeger and Conchita Martinez. Clijsters and Stubbs later won the match 6–2 7–5.
On 22 July 2017, Clijsters was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I.
Kim Clijsters Academy
The Kim Clijsters Academy (KCA) is located in the city of Bree, Belgium. The academy is the perfect place for every young aspiring tennis player to reach his or her goals in professional tennis. Each player is important for the academy and the objective is to get the maximum out of every player.
The facility offers 8 indoor courts and 10 outdoor red clay courts. Under the guidance of her former fitness coach and osteopath Sam Verslegers there is a whole team of therapists available including acupuncturist, dentist , physiotherapy, massage etc… This holistic approach makes sure that every athlete can perform at his/her optimal level!