Re: Kim Clijsters Official Website
Meet Team Kim
Tennis may very well be an individual sport, top level tennis players never win on their own...
Kim about Team Kim: "I now feel I have the perfect team around me. After all these years, I now know exactly what I need and I'm happy to have people on board who are nice, very good and who are all friends too.'
Carl Maes: coach
Carl coached Kim first between 1995 and 2002. He helped her big breakthrough in professional tennis take shape. After having been away for a few years, wandering other tennis roads, he joined Team Kim again in June 2011. With his longstanding experience and extensive expertise, Carl can bring Kim still some detail that can make the decisive difference at the highest level. Despite all those years in women's tennis, Carl is still very driven and he still eager to learn himself.
Kim about Carl:
"Carl is one of the best tennis coaches in the world and the ideal coach for me. I feel very comfortable around him and am delighted to experience the last part of my career with him.''
Stefan Wauters: assistent coach
An assistant coach himself, Stefan is coach Carl's right hand and also Kim's sparring partner. Stefan and Kim have known each other since their teenage years, when they trained together at the tennis school. In 2006, Stefan was the world's number 212 and in 2011 he was unbeatable in tournaments in Belgium. Stefan won more than a hundred matches in a row. Kim could not have desired a better Belgian sparring partner. Also, because off the courts they get along very well too: they chat about sports, but also about film, music, ...
Kim about Stefan:
"We just clicked. He is very sweet, passionate and radiates calm.''
Sam Verslegers: osteopath, fitness trainer (physical coach)
It is Sam's prior task to assist Kim in avoiding injuries as much as possible. To that purpose, he assesses Kim weekly with an osteopathic check-up. Any imbalance is corrected through therapy or strengthening exercises. In the capacity of physical coach, Sam helps Kim in building up and maintain her form. In doing so, the optimal mix of power, speed and endurance is sought. In his work, Sam is also supported by his girlfriend Eef.
Kim about Sam:
"We have become best friends. Sam might very well the one who can motivate me very well, perhaps the best of all.''
Nicole Thijs: nanny and cook
During her first career Kim only had to consider herself. Now she has become a mother, things have changed. Like any other child, Jada needs a routine in sleeping and eating. So, if Kim is busy preparing for a competition, Nicole takes care of that. When hotel life is too boring, Jada and her nanny go for a walk. But when Kim hits the courts, Jada and Nicole sit together in the stands to cheer for her!
Kim about Nicole:
"Nicole is a very good friend. I often ask her for advice, as she has three children herself.'
Francis Lemmens: doctor
Kim has known Francis ever since she was little. Francis played football at SK Tongeren with Kim's dad Lei. There the friendship emerged. Francis has always been the doctor of the Clijsters family. He might be a pediatrician, his passion and interest for sport has extended his medical knowledge. When Dr. Francis is around at any of the tournaments Kim takes part in, she always feels in good hands. He has often been there to help Kim out.
Kim about Francis:
"Francis is a very nice man, who is sort of like a father figure to me during tournaments. And of course, he is Brian's music buddy ;-)"
Bob Verbeeck: manager
With his company Golazo, Bob offers many services to Kim. Golazo is responsible for her sponsorship program and guides her through all contract negotiations with their experienced legal service. Furthermore, Golazo assumes the position of a media strategy manager (official communications, press conferences, website, ...). Kim feels fine at Golazo and she is proud to be working with the people there.
Kim about Bob:
"Bob may very well be my manager officially, I don't see him like that at all. He means a lot to me. Ever since daddy died, I have always been able to count on him: for strictly private matters as well as for plans and ideas."
Karolien Rector: dietician
As a dietician, Karolien devizes Kim's diet before and after games and practices. She is a very focussed young woman with great ambition, discipline and expertise. She became part of Team Kim through Kim's previous coach, Wim Fissette.
Kim about Karolien:
"Karolien and myself share the same passion for food and therefore for healthy recipes and ideas."
Brian & Jada: family
Team Kim would not be Team Kim without Brian and Jada. On 13 July 2007, Kim married the American basketball player Brian Lynch. On 27 February 2008, they had a daughter, Jada. People like Carl, Sam and Stefan have a clear role within the team, but the same does not apply to Brian or Jada. Should a 'job description' be possible at all, it would be: "keep Kim in good emotional condition". Which of course sounds too much businesslike. Brian and Jada are simply the biggest supporters of Kim, at all levels!
Brian also has a great passion for music. Listen to 'Beneath the Surface' here, a song he wrote himself.
Kim about Brian:
"Brian is a fantastic husband. We talk so wonderfully with each other, at home quietly, but also at busy times. He is my first and foremost sounding board, but also my outlet. "
Kim about Jada:
"In difficult moments Jada is my first consolation. She doesn't grasp those setbacks yet and her wonderful reactions pull me through. It is she who ensures that my role as a mother has priority over my sporting ambitions. "