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Rocketta
Nov 15th, 2006, 06:44 PM
Clijsters declines 2008 Olympic offer; reiterates retirement plans November 14, 2006


BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Kim Clijsters (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/49/) 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.

LH2HBH
Nov 15th, 2006, 06:49 PM
WOW! :eek:

I actually have a lot of respect for Kim for taking this the way she wants to take it.

Not holding herself to standards of other girls - really controlling her own destiny.

I mean it's a shame she wont participate in such an amazing event but hey - to each his own!

tard~tard
Nov 15th, 2006, 08:25 PM
WOW! :eek:
I actually have a lot of respect for Kim for taking this the way she wants to take it.

Respect isn't really the first thing that comes to my mind.
Most athletes are willing to sacrifice a lot to be able to represent
their country at the Olympics. It's a honour for them to be
elected to play and win for their country!

But not so for Kim Clijsters.
She seems to be one of those very rare exceptions who
simply doesn't even care. Not in 2004 and not in 2008.
Unbelievable.
Being a Belgian myself, I almost feel insulted by so much indifference
from one of our best athletes.

But, so be it. I'm not gonna spend anymore thoughts on the matter.
Kim is what she is, and she aint no Justine.

griffin
Nov 15th, 2006, 08:27 PM
Why would the Belgian Olympic Committee be signing people up NOW?

sweetiepiedoll
Nov 15th, 2006, 08:29 PM
I think that Kim should reconsider playing the 2008 Olympic Games and playing beyond 2007 in general. If she sticks around longer, she can add more grand slams and an Olympic medal (preferably gold) to her trophy collection. But I guess if her body can't stand the wear & tear, then may be she should not play or perhaps she should play less tournaments like Lindsay Davenport (Kim's injuries are not the same as Lindsay's). Who knows???:confused:

Sara81
Nov 15th, 2006, 08:35 PM
Kims life is not public property is it? If she feels like starting a family then she has every right to decide just that no? I mean, I would much rather have here around longer but not if that's not what makes her happy though ...

griffin
Nov 15th, 2006, 08:35 PM
But I guess if her body can't stand the wear & tear,

I think it's more about her heart and mind than her body - not that her injuries aren't real, but as you said, she could scale back.

I'd also be willing to be that once she does retire, she'll miss it and regret her decision. Perhaps she should have a nice, long chat with Miss Hingis before she finalizes her plans.

Sara81
Nov 15th, 2006, 08:51 PM
Respect isn't really the first thing that comes to my mind.
Most athletes are willing to sacrifice a lot to be able to represent
their country at the Olympics. It's a honour for them to be
elected to play and win for their country!

But not so for Kim Clijsters.
She seems to be one of those very rare exceptions who
simply doesn't even care. Not in 2004 and not in 2008.
Unbelievable.
Being a Belgian myself, I almost feel insulted by so much indifference
from one of our best athletes.

But, so be it. I'm not gonna spend anymore thoughts on the matter.
Kim is what she is, and she aint no Justine.
Amen :angel:

Rocketta
Nov 15th, 2006, 09:21 PM
I think it's more about her heart and mind than her body - not that her injuries aren't real, but as you said, she could scale back.

I'd also be willing to be that once she does retire, she'll miss it and regret her decision. Perhaps she should have a nice, long chat with Miss Hingis before she finalizes her plans.

I think she wants to pop out two kids in a year and a half and then after the youngest is a year or two......then think about a comeback to the tour. She's ready to start that part of her life and she has made enough money to take care of herself and her family for the rest of theirs lives, she can retire when she wants to. In other words, I'm jealous as hell. :o :o :o

LH2HBH
Nov 15th, 2006, 09:24 PM
Respect isn't really the first thing that comes to my mind.
Most athletes are willing to sacrifice a lot to be able to represent
their country at the Olympics. It's a honour for them to be
elected to play and win for their country!

But not so for Kim Clijsters.
She seems to be one of those very rare exceptions who
simply doesn't even care. Not in 2004 and not in 2008.
Unbelievable.
Being a Belgian myself, I almost feel insulted by so much indifference
from one of our best athletes.

But, so be it. I'm not gonna spend anymore thoughts on the matter.
Kim is what she is, and she aint no Justine.


At the end of the day, Kim is a human being, not property of the state. She has done right by Belgium with her talent for years and she has earned her family time.

Ultimately everybody has to decide what is best for them, and Kim should be no exception.

Geertvg
Nov 15th, 2006, 09:28 PM
As much as I regret her taking that decision, it's better this way. She's retiring while she's still at the top, she's retiring when she still likes the game... And if what she wants is really to retire and have kids etc etc, who are we to say she's stupid not to? She's built up a nice career as it is now! But I doubt she'll ever come back though, she's so firm and clear about it, she'll stop after 2007, end of story...

Let's hope she makes the best of it and thanks for the years you've given us Kim :)

Geertvg
Nov 15th, 2006, 09:35 PM
Why would the Belgian Olympic Committee be signing people up NOW?

It's indeed very weird, they also promised her a lot more money... As if money has anything to do with it... Anyway. I DO regret her not playing for Belgium in the olympics though, that goes withotu saying :sad: :sad:

Rocketta
Nov 15th, 2006, 10:18 PM
Maybe they asked her this soon to persuade her not to retire in 2007? :confused:

maryjane
Nov 16th, 2006, 04:27 PM
I think Kim did a lot for belgium.why to criticize the fact she's going to retire from tennis that has nothing to do with th Olympics Games?

Hagar
Nov 16th, 2006, 04:30 PM
Why would the Belgian Olympic Committee be signing people up NOW?

Euh... because we are not exactly rich in athletes who can win a medal...

Basically, Belgium rarely wins anything in any sport (OK, we've won some big prices but it is really rare). That's why the whole country has been going bananas over and over again over the fact that we had not just one but actually TWO of the best tennis women in the world over the last years.
I think every Belgian feels blessed to witness this incredible situation.

Apoleb
Nov 16th, 2006, 04:37 PM
At the end of the day, Kim is a human being, not property of the state. She has done right by Belgium with her talent for years and she has earned her family time.

Ultimately everybody has to decide what is best for them, and Kim should be no exception.

I agree with that. It's her life and her career first and foremost. I don't like it when people start to theorize about how one should spend his life, especially when stuff like "they should show some respect for the game" start to come up. It's her life and her career and something like the respect for a game should not be a priority over her goals in life.

maryjane
Nov 16th, 2006, 04:42 PM
the tv commentators said it was stupid to say this will be your last year cos if u play well and win one or two slams and then retire at 23 you'r at the bst of your game so young but it's her decision and that's what she wants.anyway i don't think she will win other slams.it's a mentally factor.but i really hope i'm wrong.