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MistyGrey
Nov 14th, 2006, 10:13 AM
Clijsters declines 2008 Olympic offer; reiterates retirement plans

November 14, 2006

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Kim Clijsters declined an offer from the Belgian Olympic Committee on Tuesday to compete in the 2008 Beijing Games -- instead insisting she will retire from tennis next year.

"It is a superfluous question," she said on her Web site. "When I take a decision, I stick to it."

The 23-year-old Belgian, who has battled an assortment of injuries the past few years, returned from a wrist ailment two weeks ago to win the Gaz de France Stars. She also reached the semifinals of the WTA Championship and finished the year ranked fifth.

"To get into the semifinals after a layoff of more than two months is not that easy," Clijsters said.

Clijsters said she will play in "fun tournaments to be able to say goodbye to the many people I met over the years" in 2007 without naming any specific events.

Stavie
Nov 14th, 2006, 10:13 AM
Noo Kim :sad: :sad:

MistyGrey
Nov 14th, 2006, 10:14 AM
I was hoping she'd change her mind!

Clijstersfan1990
Nov 14th, 2006, 10:16 AM
Kim :sobbing: Can't belive she's doing this. I guess love conquers all.

Grohl
Nov 14th, 2006, 10:20 AM
she has been serious about this from the moment she talked about it
I never thougth she would change her mind about it
but that doesn't mean I'm not hoping she'll change her mind eventually

**Vigs**
Nov 14th, 2006, 10:22 AM
I seriously, seriously hope she doesn't do it. It really is a shame, Kim has so much more left to give. :sad: But it looks like she's sticking to her guns, and deserves credit for that

Slumpsova
Nov 14th, 2006, 10:25 AM
:sad:
let her stop playing for a couple of years. if she doesn't have kids to raise i'm pretty sure she will come back.

Grohl
Nov 14th, 2006, 10:35 AM
:sad:
let her stop playing for a couple of years. if she doesn't have kids to raise i'm pretty sure she will come back.

I have a feeling that she won't wait years to have children

azmad_88
Nov 14th, 2006, 10:42 AM
The only way she will change her mind if she breaks up with brian.Which is clearly not happening. She actually starts talking about retirement due to the relationship with him. So il say to Kim all the best for her final year and have a great life

Monica_Rules
Nov 14th, 2006, 10:44 AM
She'll prob come back to tennis aftre 2/3 years.

rockstar
Nov 14th, 2006, 10:53 AM
^^ yeah, after her body rests for a couple of years
she might be successful like martina :cool:

saki
Nov 14th, 2006, 10:55 AM
She won't come back - she'll probably have a baby less than a year after her last match.

Grohl
Nov 14th, 2006, 10:56 AM
why does everybody think that she's gonna come back?
she's getting married, she wants to have kids
I don't see her coming back, she really thought about this well

Billy Moonshine
Nov 14th, 2006, 10:56 AM
She will come back. She is leaving tooo early. I don't think she really knows at 24 how much she will miss it. Best of luck to her whatever happens, she is very special and deserves it.

xin_hui
Nov 14th, 2006, 11:05 AM
like what saar said, why are people surprised?

and i also dont see her coming back :p

auntie janie
Nov 14th, 2006, 11:45 AM
I seriously, seriously hope she doesn't do it. It really is a shame, Kim has so much more left to give. :sad:

But that's just it; she doesn't have much left to give. It has taken tremendous strength and even courage to return again and again after her injuries. I get the impression that she feels totally drained by it all. In Madrid she mentioned that after her most recent injury, it wasn't easy to decide to work her way back again this latest time.

Kim has given it her all. And she knows what she wants, and it isn't more years of sacrificing everything to a sport. She had a fantastic career -- she was probably the last player in pro tennis who will ever reach #1 at the same time in singles and doubles, an outstanding achievement that received little notice. But now she's truly ready to move on. Vaya con Dios, Kimmy. :kiss:

jes_022
Nov 14th, 2006, 11:50 AM
Not that I'm not sad this will be her last year, because I am, but health wise I think she's making the right decision. Since the last 2 years it seems like her body is breaking down on her and if she wants to have any kind of normal family life, like playing with her kids ( agassi now even has problems picking his kids up) she'll have to stop soon, because it will only get worse with the type of game she plays.

vejh
Nov 14th, 2006, 11:51 AM
Awww.. I feel so sad. I really do. BUt ,like Janie said, those injuries aren't easy to suffer and conquer to start again. It requires great passion for the game which she may not really have. She's so young.

Veeko
Nov 14th, 2006, 11:55 AM
no kIm:sad: ,please don't retired
she is nice,she is a good player:kiss:

IMPOSSIBLE
Nov 14th, 2006, 11:56 AM
Who Knows She May Miss It So Much She Will Comeback After She Has Retired.

Bayo
Nov 14th, 2006, 11:57 AM
I always thought she was serious.

I hope she has a happy life in retirement. Maybe a Hingis-like comeback one day?

pigmalion
Nov 14th, 2006, 12:22 PM
I'm upset too :sad: and i'm sure she will not comeback after :(

it seems to be the beginning of the end of the belgian's era glory on the wta tour :help:

MistyGrey
Nov 14th, 2006, 12:43 PM
I hope she wins either the Australian or the French Open. I dont want her to retire with just one slam.

CrossCourt~Rally
Nov 14th, 2006, 12:57 PM
What a shame. I wish she woulds finish up her career at the Olympics. She could just play a 3-4 warm ups right before the tourney...:sad:

Kim's_fan_4ever
Nov 14th, 2006, 01:13 PM
I'm not surprised but still it's sad :sobbing:

Sally Struthers
Nov 14th, 2006, 01:34 PM
What has to be done is clear. One of you fans needs to break Kim and her boyfriend up if you want her to keep playing. :o

Grohl
Nov 14th, 2006, 01:35 PM
What has to be done is clear. One of you fans needs to break Kim and her boyfriend up if you want her to keep playing. :o

:lol:
well, I live close :hehehe:

Kim's_fan_4ever
Nov 14th, 2006, 01:46 PM
:lol:
well, I live close :hehehe:

So you know now what to do :angel:

pierce0415
Nov 14th, 2006, 01:47 PM
Kim :wavey:

vesanto
Nov 14th, 2006, 01:48 PM
She is the one who knows what it is best for her. The only thing I know is that tennis will miss her!

xin_hui
Nov 14th, 2006, 01:50 PM
Kim :wavey:

ah! the thread has been awaiting pierce94586785693459's entrance ;)

Slumpsova
Nov 14th, 2006, 01:56 PM
What has to be done is clear. One of you fans needs to break Kim and her boyfriend up if you want her to keep playing. :o
that's what i thought. we NEED a breakup :bounce:

pooh14
Nov 14th, 2006, 02:02 PM
kinda sad she is retiring early when she has so much potential.
anyway she is probably tired of getting injured and recovering from it.

hopefully she still keeps in touch with tennis world maybe by commentating :D

pierce0415
Nov 14th, 2006, 02:06 PM
ah! the thread has been awaiting pierce94586785693459's entrance ;)

I am glad that Kim won't be at Beijing 2008 because I will attend the Olympics :cool:

now she will not stand in the way of one of my faves winning the medals :bounce:

Pasta-Na
Nov 14th, 2006, 02:21 PM
I am glad that Kim won't be at Beijing 2008 because I will attend the Olympics :cool:

now she will not stand in the way of one of my faves winning the medals :bounce:

at least ting li, her ranking will be up at least one position. :angel:

jochem
Nov 14th, 2006, 02:31 PM
It's sad for us fans and for tennis cause she is such a good sportsperson, her game is great to see especially her splits... and her personality is wonderful. I always thought Olympics was the highest achievement for any sportsperson whatever sport but I guess Kim just doesn't care about that at all. She had so much more potential to win more GS but I respect her for her decision cause her health is definately more important than winning tennis matches and trophies. Whatever makes her happy she should do. Go Kim, kick some asses in your final year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

xin_hui
Nov 14th, 2006, 02:34 PM
I always thought Olympics was the highest achievement for any sportsperson whatever sport but I guess Kim just doesn't care about that at all.

in swimming, track and field and some other sports, yes. they live and breathe for the olympics. but not tennis, basketball, or most of the professional sports.

Grohl
Nov 14th, 2006, 02:36 PM
So you know now what to do :angel:

:lol:
get it on with Brian?

TennisSTUD
Nov 14th, 2006, 02:40 PM
Sad to see her go...will miss her splits and whipping forehand

Kim's_fan_4ever
Nov 14th, 2006, 02:41 PM
:lol:
get it on with Brian?

Haha yes, he's not that bad :lol:

Grohl
Nov 14th, 2006, 02:45 PM
:spit: Get it on with Brian... :drool: I'll get Brian really drunk and snap some incriminating photos, who's with me? :p



I'd probably get some chances to do that sort of stuff
but I'm not really into guys :lol:

Grohl
Nov 14th, 2006, 02:45 PM
Haha yes, he's not that bad :lol:

but he's a guy :p

saki
Nov 14th, 2006, 02:51 PM
I'd probably get some chances to do that sort of stuff
:lol: but I'm not really into guys

You could try and get it on with Kim instead. ;)

MH0861
Nov 14th, 2006, 02:51 PM
It's dissapointing to see a tennis player with such talent and potential to give it up.. but if this is what will make her happy, then she should go for it. It's been sad to see her, for all intents and purposes, shut down after winning the US Open - yes, she has been injured again - but she really was capable of winning many more.

Grohl
Nov 14th, 2006, 02:51 PM
You could try and get it on with Kim instead. ;)

sorry, I'm really happy with my gf :p

jazar
Nov 14th, 2006, 02:52 PM
its always sad to see someone so talented quitting so early. she is improving all the time, why quit now? does she know the comptetion is gonna get much better or something?

Grohl
Nov 14th, 2006, 02:57 PM
does she know the comptetion is gonna get much better or something?

she knows her body can't take it much longer...

Kunal
Nov 14th, 2006, 03:00 PM
yea wtf...i thought she would come to her senses later on...but this is the real deal

franny
Nov 14th, 2006, 03:05 PM
People have to remember that this woman started playing professionally at like 15/16 years old. 8 years of tennis is so much for anyone to play, especially when she has battled constant injuries. She has decided she wants another life, and a chance at a normal life with her husband. So I say to her, good for you. Good luck with your life and you will be missed on the tour.

Slumpsova
Nov 14th, 2006, 03:08 PM
:lol:
get it on with Brian?
eww Brian is ugly :tape:
just kill him :armed:

Grohl
Nov 14th, 2006, 03:10 PM
eww Brian is ugly :tape:
just kill him :armed:

We need him in our basketballteam

AnneSo006
Nov 14th, 2006, 03:22 PM
It's so sad Kim will retire after 2007... :bigcry:

But she has her reasons and I understand that... with her constant injuries, it was getting more and more difficult...

I wish her a fantastic season 2007! I hope she will do great things because she deserves it! :worship:

Come on Kim !!!! :)

BarsonlyOne
Nov 14th, 2006, 03:43 PM
ill be so sad that shes leaving..:sad: :sad:
but you know what, in the end its a good decision. shes been doing it all her life. tennis doesnt last forever. her body doesnt last forever. and shes right to think of the future with her kids, without long-lasting injury.

and i think mentally, not that shes burned out, shes achieved everything shes probably wanted. shes been #1, grand slam champion. the level of tennis needed to play at the top these days is very taxing. she wants a new life.

KIM im gonna miss you, your smile, your personality, your splits, your personality, you heart.

morningglory
Nov 14th, 2006, 03:47 PM
Well she IS getting hitched... no surprises there

Wannabeknowitall
Nov 14th, 2006, 03:49 PM
I'm starting to wonder why Kim is considered to be the sweetheart in her country compared to Justine.
This is a bit selfish. I can understand her retiring but at the same time, she should feel a little weird for retiring around the time as Lindsay Davenport.

I think she could play 5 tournis if she wanted to in 2008 with her body holding up, Australian Open, Antwerp, Indian Wells, Stanford, and the Olympics but she doesn't even want to risk it.

She said she would retire at Hasselt and now she doesn't even know about that.
She continues to improve and to see her go so soon is dissapointing.

The Daviator
Nov 14th, 2006, 05:05 PM
There's more to life than tennis, she's won plenty, the YEC, the Slam, she's been #1, earned A LOT of money, so I wish her the best...

Obviously for her fans, it's heartbreaking, but it's what she wants, I doubt she'll come back either, she's not quitting in the way Hingis did, because of a specific injury, she's stopping because she wants to start a family, I'm sure she'll stay involved in tennis though, maybe in the media, I hope she has a good final year :)

Renee
Nov 14th, 2006, 05:33 PM
I remember Kim saying that there isn't one day that she wakes up and some part of her is not hurting. Seems like her body just can't take it anymore.

Oermi
Nov 14th, 2006, 05:40 PM
:( i will miss her ..

harloo
Nov 14th, 2006, 05:56 PM
Clijsters declines 2008 Olympic offer; reiterates retirement plans

November 14, 2006

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Kim Clijsters declined an offer from the Belgian Olympic Committee on Tuesday to compete in the 2008 Beijing Games -- instead insisting she will retire from tennis next year.

"It is a superfluous question," she said on her Web site. "When I take a decision, I stick to it."

The 23-year-old Belgian, who has battled an assortment of injuries the past few years, returned from a wrist ailment two weeks ago to win the Gaz de France Stars. She also reached the semifinals of the WTA Championship and finished the year ranked fifth.

"To get into the semifinals after a layoff of more than two months is not that easy," Clijsters said.

Clijsters said she will play in "fun tournaments to be able to say goodbye to the many people I met over the years" in 2007 without naming any specific events.


:sad: :sad: I wish her all the best. Kim is so classy that you help but root for her. I hope she wins another slam before leaving. :(

Sara81
Nov 14th, 2006, 06:07 PM
She was always serious about it ... don't think she'll change her mind either .. :shrug:
It's her choice to make and hers alone so, having that said, I just plan to enjoy 2007 and make sure she gets the goodbye she deserves :kiss:

-GenEz.Williams
Nov 14th, 2006, 06:09 PM
no kim

honeyke
Nov 14th, 2006, 06:12 PM
like what saar said, why are people surprised?

and i also dont see her coming back :p

Indeed.Itīs no surprise at all. Kim had to answer sooo many questions in the past months about her upcoming retirement in the end of 2007. Why should she change her decision from today to tomorrow?!
She exactly knows what she wants and I think itīs absolutely acceptable. For sure, it is terribly sad, but she has good arguments to leave the tennis circus.

Milli
Nov 14th, 2006, 06:19 PM
Awww Kim :sad: Well she was one of the nicest players ever on the wta tour that's for sure...And such a talent. But imo her health and happiness are more important then tennis. If she ever wishes to come back,it'll be awesome for sure!

tennisIlove09
Nov 14th, 2006, 06:38 PM
Clijsters Reiterates Desire To Retire After 2007 Season
http://www.sportsmediainc.net/tennisweek/ClijstersFilaGood06.jpg
Kim Clijsters By Adriana Outlaw
11/14/2006

The prospect of playing for Belgium in the 2008 Olympics did not dissuade Kim Clijsters from her prior plans: Clijsters is committed to calling it quits from professional tennis after the 2007 season. The 2005 U.S. Open champion declined the opportunity to compete in the 2008 Beijing Games today, reiterating her desire to retire after next season.



"One of the journalists asked me whether I plan to participate in the 2008 Olympic Games. Quite an empty question if you ask me," Clijsters said in a statement posted on her official web site www.kimclijsters.com (http://www.kimclijsters.com/). "I've made a decision and I stick to it."
The 23-year-old Belgian plans to marry American boyfriend Brian Lynch (http://www.sportsmediainc.com/tennisweek/index.cfm?func=showarticle&newsid=15038) next year. Clijsters, who was sidelined for 10 weeks after re injuring her surgically-repaired left wrist in a tumble to the court in Montreal in August, reached the semifinals of last week's Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Championships in Madrid, bowing to defending champion Amelie Mauresmo, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
"I'm satisfied about my results," Clijsters said. "After being out of competition for more than two months and to go straight into the Masters semifinals is not such an easy thing to do." Clijsters concluded the season ranked fifth. She compiled a 43-12 record, claiming tournament titles in Warsaw, Stanford and Hasselt and reaching the final four at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon. In an effort to reduce the strain on her wrist, Clijsters plans to play fewer clay-court events in her farewell season. "I'll select some nice tournaments so as to go and say good-bye to the many nice people I have met in the pas," Clijsters said. "The special treat will be the Antwerp Sportpalais of course, as I'll be playing my last match in Belgium there. The wrist is doing fine, but still the doctors have let me know that playing three tournaments in a row would be too stressful. Playing clay tournaments is too much of a strain on my wrist as well."

crazillo
Nov 14th, 2006, 07:04 PM
Kim is serious when she takes a decision.

Ben.
Nov 14th, 2006, 07:08 PM
Kim is serious when she takes a decision.

Yes :sad: when really she's got plenty of years ahead of her to win more slams & achieve great success. but it's up 2 her what she wants 2 do in her own life & whatever she does i'll be happy 4 her :D no matter what.

kim :)

brayster87
Nov 14th, 2006, 09:08 PM
yep its official, wants to have a family

Wannabeknowitall
Nov 14th, 2006, 09:27 PM
Kim is serious when she takes a decision.

Riight. She said earlier this year Hasselt in 2007 would be her last tourni.
Now she has ditched that idea for uncertainty in what tournis she's playing.

So much for sticking to a decision. :rolleyes:

!<blocparty>!
Nov 14th, 2006, 09:33 PM
Oh well.

Billabong
Nov 14th, 2006, 10:55 PM
This time I feel she won't change her mind ever:sad: I had always been hopeful she would change her mind since Toronto last year (that's when we first heard about her retirement plans), but she got many injuries since then and I can understand her decision now:sad: Please have a great 2007 Kim, try your best and have fun, and don't go away without another slam please:hug:

bello
Nov 15th, 2006, 01:02 AM
Damn shame, she is probably going to be another to come up in the "what if..should have..would have..." stakes.

Martian Stacey
Nov 15th, 2006, 01:14 AM
It will be sad to see her retire when she is still fairly young, but she needs to do what is best for her :)

Randy H
Nov 15th, 2006, 01:24 AM
I'm starting to wonder why Kim is considered to be the sweetheart in her country compared to Justine.
This is a bit selfish. I can understand her retiring but at the same time, she should feel a little weird for retiring around the time as Lindsay Davenport.

I think she could play 5 tournis if she wanted to in 2008 with her body holding up, Australian Open, Antwerp, Indian Wells, Stanford, and the Olympics but she doesn't even want to risk it.

She said she would retire at Hasselt and now she doesn't even know about that.
She continues to improve and to see her go so soon is dissapointing.

Calling her decision selfish seems rather unfair IMO - She's had injuries, she's had her share of success, she has other priorities in her life that she wants to focus on now. As far as I'm concerned, Kim has given back to tennis on countless occasions, she's played many tournaments through injury because others have pulled out, she's given her time to go out of her way to make organizers and fans happy. Is it disappointing to see a player leave when you feel they could have achieved even more? Perhaps it is, but I think Kim is making a choice that she isn't going to regret, she realizes tennis isn't the only thing in her life that matters, and I can appreciate that.

As far as the Olympics goes, she owes no obligation to compete for Belgium there, and quite frankly if she's not 100% committed to being a part of the Olympics and doesn't have the desire to be there, I'd much rather see someone else go who truly cares about playing there. I don't begrudge Kim for lacking that desire, but the Olympics only comes once every 4 years. Let someone play who can sincerely put their heart and dedication into it, someone who has dreamed about having such an opportunity.