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Kim: I like to be the housewife and stay home and cook

Delightful Clijsters begins farewell tour
  • <LI class=byline>Margie McDonald, Sydney International
  • January 08, 2007
ABSOLUTELY, positively, definitely this is the last time you will see Kim Clijsters on Australian tennis courts.

"This is it -- you'd better believe it," Clijsters said in Sydney yesterday, after stepping off a plane from Hong Kong where she beat Maria Sharapova in the final of an eight-woman exhibition event. The year 2007 will be Clijsters' Farewell Tour to the women's professional circuit, where she first debuted back in 1997, reaching the quarter-finals of an ITF Challenger event in her native Belgium.
It has been a decade of highs and lows since, including being runner-up in four grand slam events before finally winning her first at the 2005 US Open. But although Clijsters has given 100 per cent every season, she says there is nothing that will make her change her decision to retire.
It has already been three years since the delightful young woman known affectionately as 'Aussie Kim' and 'Our Kim' because of her former relationship with Lleyton Hewitt, has played the Medibank International, which began yesterday.
Clijsters withdrew from the tournament last January after straining a hip muscle. She flew straight to Melbourne for treatment to save her Australian Open campaign. She reached the semi-finals but had to retire against Amelie Mauresmo when she rolled her right ankle.
In 2005 Clijsters had not fully recovered from wrist surgery to remove a cyst and did not play in either Sydney or Melbourne.
Reflecting on her time at the top -- Clijsters has only once finished the season outside the top five since 2001 -- she said it was the injuries and time away from home that cemented her retirement plan. She does not know when her last tournament will be but she will be walking down the aisle in July to marry professional basketballer Brian Lynch.
Asked why she was not waiting until her tennis career was over, she said: "It's not just my career, Brian has a career as well. There is not just one person getting married. And I like to get married in the (northern) summer."
That speaks volumes about the way Clijsters operates. In the hurly burly of the professional game, the 23-year-old has always been considerate of others.
But when it comes down to really wanting something, she grits her teeth.
As she will on court over the next few weeks.
"My focus is so much on the tennis stuff, (retiring) doesn't really come to my mind until I'm actually out of the tournament. Then it kind of hits you a bit," Clijsters said.
"As a tennis player you kind of think this life will go on forever but it doesn't. You start looking at the beautiful things of this life that we have. You definitely appreciate the small things and the people that you meet."
When she injured her wrist last August in Montreal and had to withdraw from two special events -- the US Open and Fed Cup final against Italy -- Clijsters thought the curtain may fall then. She had never felt so low.
"That was really hard. I think it was the first time that I was really, really down and disappointed. It takes a few days to get your mind clear and re-focus."
Playing a consistently high standard game has been what drives Clijsters. It is definitely not the associated celebrity status tennis players attract.
"I don't really like the spotlight. I find happiness in a lot of other things. Playing tennis to me is not being a celebrity.
"I love the sport but I'm not the girl who does photo shoots. I think it's great in tennis that we have those girls who enjoy that. They bring in a lot of sponsorship deals and spectators.
"But for me, I like to be the housewife and stay home and cook and take care of my dogs."

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"But for me, I like to be the housewife and stay home and cook and take care of my dogs."
Well, she's also made more money than most people do in three lifetimes, so . . .

(I hope she's not so traditional as to not have a pre-nup made.)

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I'll respect every Kim's decision and I hope she'll be happy with Brian when she retires

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She is one of the few players I believe in 100%-ly.

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I'm sure most housewives would like to be millionaries too
Maybe Kim can help them out with a bit of spare cash.
I wonder if she will have someone to help her with the cleaning?
She will still have an accountant and a stock broker or two
She will still hire private jets for exclusive holidays so her life will not be like the average housewife, who has to cook, wash the dishes, wash the clothes, vacuum, tidy up, put the clothes away, take the kids to and from school, help with the homework, deal with her husband's stress and her own and work a partime job to make ends meet and pay the mortgage while caring for elderly and frail relatives.

So,,,,she hasn't really set anything back at all.

She lives in a very priviledged society where she is free of all pressure and the choice is completely hers and she knows it
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Bodo will be happy with her!

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I thought she was already doing that.
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Lol! Kim will have lots of time to be housewife... I think she will realize that being at home is boring...
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Lol! Kim will have lots of time to be housewife... I think she will realize that being at home is boring...
I think she willhave children very soon,and will think her children are the most facinating things. There willbe toomuch going on in her life with family and friends for her tobe bored.
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"But for me, I like to be the housewife and stay home and cook and take care of my dogs."
God! She's like Lindsay but they were born the on same day so it's not shocking
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hello Bree.......
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Re: Kim: I like to be the housewife and stay home and cook

What troubles me about Kim is how eager she seemed to get down to the business of getting married. She became engaged rather quickly after her breakup with Hewitt. I know she wants a domestic life with children, and I wish her all the best with it, but I have to wonder how hasty this was.
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I think Kim is very sick of tennis and life on the tour. The opposite of being a full time female athlete would be to become a housewife I guess.
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