In the article below, the AP reports that Tennis Australia has not spoken directly to Kim so they don't really know the status of her wrist. They only assumed that her wrist is the problem because she's not on the list. I think as Kim said she'll know the real status of her wrist when she sees her doctors in mid-December. Keeping my fingers crossed for her. Also if she finds her wrist is okay, she can still get a wildcard into the AO 2005.
Clijsters not on list to play in Melbourne, says tournament director
Associated Press Sports
Updated: 11:29 p.m. ET Dec. 8, 2004
Australian Open officials are assuming that an injured left wrist will keep former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters from playing in the first Grand Slam of next year.
But they haven't spoken directly with the Belgian player, a tournament spokesman said Thursday.
Clijsters' name was not on the WTA entry list for the Jan. 17-30 tournament at Melbourne Park when it was released this week.
"We've made the assumption that because she's not on the list, that she was still under rehabilitation and wished her all the best,'' tournament spokesman John Lindsay said.
On Wednesday, tournament chief executive Paul McNamee was quoted in an Australian newspaper as saying that "Kim's wrist obviously isn't going to be rehabilitated in time for the first Grand Slam of the new season.''
Clijsters had surgery in July.
In the United States, the WTA said that because Clijsters has special status as a top player, she could decide to enter the tournament at any time using a wild card.
"The tour has not gotten any notification about whether Kim is going to play or not play,'' WTA spokesman Darrel Fry said.
Lindsay said that if Clijsters recovered in time, she would be highly considered for a wild card that would allow her to compete in Melbourne. Tournament officials still have four wild cards available.
Clijsters, in the "Diary'' section of her web site dated Dec. 2, said she was still undergoing physiotherapy on the wrist.
"My wrist is still a crucial part of my everyday life,'' Clijsters wrote. "Loads of physio and recovery exercises. In two weeks' time, I need to see the doctors again and only then will I find out about the real progress.
"For the time being, we won't set a date and we'll wait until everything is healed completely.''
Clijsters, the 2004 Australian Open runner-up, was limited to just 22 matches this season because of the bad wrist and fell to No. 22 in the most recent rankings. She's right-handed, but uses a two-fisted backhand.
McNamee said Jelena Dokic will skip the Australian Open. Dokic has not played in the event since 2001, when she lost in the first round after her father accused officials of fixing the draw. She renounced her Australian citizenship soon after.
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