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Martian Jeza
May 22nd, 2012, 10:54 AM
Source :

http://www.sporza.be/cm/sporza/tennis/120522_Clijsters_stopt_na_USO

After the US Open, she's done with her tennis career.

flareon
May 22nd, 2012, 10:56 AM
:sobbing: :sad: :bigcry:

Ivanovic2008
May 22nd, 2012, 10:57 AM
I expected that :sad:

TeamUla
May 22nd, 2012, 10:58 AM
:sad: Means we'll be able to watch Kim in only 5 more tournaments (s'Hertogenbosch, Wimbledon, Olympics, Cincinnati (possibly), US Open).

Vaidisova
May 22nd, 2012, 10:59 AM
Kim :sad:

hpme
May 22nd, 2012, 11:01 AM
Goodbye Kim in advance

MalJackson
May 22nd, 2012, 11:01 AM
now its time for justine to come back

BlueTrees
May 22nd, 2012, 11:01 AM
Bye :wavey:

chingching
May 22nd, 2012, 11:03 AM
Thats very sad. I hope to death she wins US Open even though its unlikely. She deserves to finish spectacularly

Reptilia
May 22nd, 2012, 11:04 AM
:tears:

Rex59
May 22nd, 2012, 11:10 AM
Via twitter, this was known last year at the Herto' tourney. Just making it official now.

Pops Maellard
May 22nd, 2012, 11:10 AM
We kind of knew this already :confused:.

Martian Jeza
May 22nd, 2012, 11:12 AM
It was already known since end last season that this season would be her last but never put a date on her retirement : now, it's official she'll be a retired player after the US Open.

Melange
May 22nd, 2012, 11:14 AM
The tour is much less interesting without her

tennnisfannn
May 22nd, 2012, 11:19 AM
Last time for her first retirement she said she would retire after the USO only to do so after AO. Doubt we will see her again.

Uranium
May 22nd, 2012, 11:21 AM
http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll36/Bigsteve87/Gifs/ByeBitch.gif

Israel
May 22nd, 2012, 11:22 AM
Lol she would probably draw Sam and lose 6-0, 6-0.

Chip.
May 22nd, 2012, 11:22 AM
Not entirely unexpected but she'll be missed. :tears:

I hope her and Serena will meet again one more time. and have sarin drag her back to belgium

Dexter
May 22nd, 2012, 11:24 AM
Good riddance. Will she launch a farewell tour again?

TeamUla
May 22nd, 2012, 11:24 AM
Last time for her first retirement she said she would retire after the USO only to do so after AO. Doubt we will see her again.

She did it after WTA Warsaw as far as I remember.

Dave.
May 22nd, 2012, 11:28 AM
:wavey:

Serenus Christ
May 22nd, 2012, 11:30 AM
She's kind of irrelevant.
She wasn't even a part-time player, she was a casual who never called into work, about time someone fired her ass.

sammy01
May 22nd, 2012, 11:30 AM
expected but will still be very sad when it happens. i pray to god she can play her last 4 or 5 tournaments injury free and enjoy them.

people being bitter need to realise it will be a huge loss to tennis to lose an athlete of kim clijsters standards, there are so few true athletes left these days on the tour.

Marcus1979
May 22nd, 2012, 11:46 AM
its strange that players who hit the tour after Venus/Serena will retire before them.

claypova
May 22nd, 2012, 11:47 AM
http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll36/Bigsteve87/Gifs/ByeBitch.gif

you beat me to it :ras:

Dexter
May 22nd, 2012, 11:50 AM
people being bitter need to realise it will be a huge loss to tennis to lose an athlete of kim clijsters standards, there are so few true athletes left these days on the tour.what kind of true athlete plays no more than 10 tournaments per year? :rolleyes:

Juju Nostalgique
May 22nd, 2012, 11:50 AM
:woohoo:

Setsuna.
May 22nd, 2012, 11:52 AM
Sad news.

dexter87
May 22nd, 2012, 11:55 AM
She's kind of irrelevant.
She wasn't even a part-time player, she was a casual who never called into work, about time someone fired her ass.

Seeing as she won 3 out of the 6 slams she played in since her comeback, plus the Tour Championships and a couple of Premier Mandatory events, I'd say she was very much relevant (when she decided to show up of course).

LUVMIRZA
May 22nd, 2012, 11:56 AM
Kim who???

sammy01
May 22nd, 2012, 11:56 AM
what kind of true athlete plays no more than 10 tournaments per year? :rolleyes:

the one that played 100+ singles matches in 2003, had a kid and yet was still winning slams 10 years after making her 1st slam final.

no one plays as much as bartoli, so i guess by your logic bartoli is a better athlete than all other top players lol.

don't be bitter cus your fave loses to kim even if kim is trying to tank lol

Marcus1979
May 22nd, 2012, 11:57 AM
what kind of true athlete plays no more than 10 tournaments per year? :rolleyes:

in 2001 Serena played 10 events, Venus played 12

in 2002 Serena played 13 events

in 2003 serena played 7, Venus played 6 (of course they had injuries after Wimbledon)

danieln1
May 22nd, 2012, 11:58 AM
I thought she was already retired :shrug:

flareon
May 22nd, 2012, 11:59 AM
the one that played 100+ singles matches in 2003, had a kid and yet was still winning slams 10 years after making her 1st slam final.

no one plays as much as bartoli, so i guess by your logic bartoli is a better athlete than all other top players lol.

don't be bitter cus your fave loses to kim even if kim is trying to tank lol

I would save your typing haters gunna hate again, just enjoy her last few tournies :D

sammy01
May 22nd, 2012, 12:02 PM
I would save your typing haters gunna hate again, just enjoy her last few tournies :D

oh i will, kind of bummed went to wimbledon last year and not this. i've seen all my fave male and female faves live bar kim :tears:

Slutiana
May 22nd, 2012, 12:07 PM
This nobody. :lol:

A lot of her recent injuries were clearly caused by not getting in proper shape when coming back and then overcompensating and injuring a different body part. We'll see if she lasts until the US Open unlike in 2007.

Looking forward to Justine's comeback announcement at the end of the year. :bigclap:

Cosmic Voices
May 22nd, 2012, 12:10 PM
Expected Kim :hysteric:
But still a great second career. All the best :hug:

Melange
May 22nd, 2012, 12:11 PM
So predictable which fools will try to derail this

debby
May 22nd, 2012, 12:19 PM
Sad to see some haters being happy that a big champion is retiring. All the best to Kim, and I wish her a second pregnancy.

@Marko : Gurl, Justine ain't coming back :lol:

The 2nd Law
May 22nd, 2012, 12:19 PM
the one that played 100+ singles matches in 2003, had a kid and yet was still winning slams 10 years after making her 1st slam final.

no one plays as much as bartoli, so i guess by your logic bartoli is a better athlete than all other top players lol.

don't be bitter cus your fave loses to kim even if kim is trying to tank lol

Don't be bitter than even your angelic fave has haters too :wavey:


Can't say I'll be sad to see her go, but what a remarkable second career she had. That US Open win will go down in history :worship:

flareon
May 22nd, 2012, 12:20 PM
oh i will, kind of bummed went to wimbledon last year and not this. i've seen all my fave male and female faves live bar kim :tears:

Aaaa thats a shame I got to see her win Eastbourne against dushevina :spit:

Rising Sun
May 22nd, 2012, 12:26 PM
No surprise she decides to do so before the Asian swing!

Steven.
May 22nd, 2012, 12:40 PM
kim's okay in my books but whatever. she might as well be retired now.

John.
May 22nd, 2012, 12:59 PM
Expected but still :sad:. Hope she goes out with a flourish

Lin Lin
May 22nd, 2012, 12:59 PM
No YEC eben if she qualifies?

iPatty
May 22nd, 2012, 01:01 PM
It'll be sad to see a champion like Kim retiring but honestly I don't really think too many people are going to miss her. She's basically been retired for the past couple of seasons anyway. I probably won't even notice she's gone. :shrug:

Belmont Lad
May 22nd, 2012, 01:05 PM
Kimmie. :sobbing:

Sammo
May 22nd, 2012, 01:13 PM
UxqpALfYhtQ

BlueTrees
May 22nd, 2012, 01:15 PM
No YEC eben if she qualifies?

Istanbul is too close to Asia :oh:

vozas
May 22nd, 2012, 01:15 PM
now its time for justine to come back

:oh:

Shivank17
May 22nd, 2012, 01:15 PM
Kind of expected.

Kim :awww: :sad:

safinfans629
May 22nd, 2012, 01:16 PM
wish her all the best,she is my favorite tennis player all the time.

vozas
May 22nd, 2012, 01:17 PM
UxqpALfYhtQ

http://1.asset.soup.io/asset/1522/9137_c5ad.gif

vozas
May 22nd, 2012, 01:17 PM
Anywho, it was expected. She has had a wonderful career and is an all time great. Her heart clearly isn't in it anymore.

LightWarrior
May 22nd, 2012, 01:24 PM
It'll be sad to see a champion like Kim retiring but honestly I don't really think too many people are going to miss her. She's basically been retired for the past couple of seasons anyway. I probably won't even notice she's gone. :shrug:

I agree. Plus she's been constantly talking and hesitating about retirement for the last 2 years...For all I know she could change her mind...again !

Sweety Darling
May 22nd, 2012, 01:45 PM
:banana:

Mary Cherry.
May 22nd, 2012, 01:46 PM
I hope she actually gets to play Wimbledon, the Olympics and the US Open, although I doubt all 3 will happen.

Mary Cherry.
May 22nd, 2012, 01:49 PM
oh i will, kind of bummed went to wimbledon last year and not this. i've seen all my fave male and female faves live bar kim :tears:

You should've ditched Brum for Easty B (that's what the locals call it :o) a few years back when Kim was a regular there :awww:

donellcarey
May 22nd, 2012, 01:51 PM
Ugh, bye.

Doully
May 22nd, 2012, 01:54 PM
A shame to see her go but as has been said it was entirely expected.

She has priorities as a mother and she's firmly cemented her place among the best in tennis. Winning 3 slams as a mother (tied w/ Margaret Court!) is an inspiring achievement for all women tennis players.

Terrible to see the amount of bashing going on in the thread though :o. Then again, 3 slams since her comeback is just far too much for some to handle :oh:
Alas

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f337/Gainsy/demihatersgonnahate.gif

sweetadri06
May 22nd, 2012, 01:56 PM
Shame to see one of the members of the GOAT generation retire. Have a good life, Kim. :)

Matt01
May 22nd, 2012, 02:07 PM
Don't want to sound mean but IMO it's good for the tour when a part-time player, who doesn't really care about the tour, retires.
Her last farewell tour was already a big joke so I hope this time it will be not as bad.

Vuvurenka
May 22nd, 2012, 02:08 PM
Goodbye Kim

vozas
May 22nd, 2012, 02:19 PM
http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2011/108/0/f/hello_goodbye__gif_by_hairofsnow-d3ebpia.gif

as if she's not retired already :spit: Saint Sin messing with your minds

xr6turbo
May 22nd, 2012, 02:29 PM
Dubious :shrug:

moby
May 22nd, 2012, 02:36 PM
Half her career is a farewell tour sheesh.

Marcus1979
May 22nd, 2012, 02:37 PM
rememeber her last farewell tour when was that 2005 or there abouts?

StoneRose
May 22nd, 2012, 02:39 PM
Expected, GL in remaining tourney's and all the best :hug:. She's still stronger than 99.9% of the tour and if she's healthy she'll be a factor at the USO.

Marcus1979
May 22nd, 2012, 02:39 PM
To think some players annouce it and some keep us guessing. I remember when Capriati and Seles stopped playing we were often guessing when they would return :lol:

vozas
May 22nd, 2012, 02:39 PM
I just love how people use the term "Farewell Tour". I mean who is she, Cher?

sammy01
May 22nd, 2012, 02:42 PM
You should've ditched Brum for Easty B (that's what the locals call it :o) a few years back when Kim was a regular there :awww:

i would have had i known about their pound shops and wilkos in the shopping centres sob

NashaMasha
May 22nd, 2012, 02:45 PM
Don't want to sound mean but IMO it's good for the tour when a part-time player, who doesn't really care about the tour, retires.
Her last farewell tour was already a big joke so I hope this time it will be not as bad.

this part-timer has shown easily the real strength of Generation suck at AO , the same thing now is doing Serena and in Wimbledon will show Venus

Of course , you as a Vika fan , are obsessed with their early retirement to let your less talented fave win more trophies

MrSerenaWilliams
May 22nd, 2012, 02:49 PM
Enjoy your life!



I hope she and Serena get to meet a few more times, though.

sammy01
May 22nd, 2012, 02:49 PM
I just love how people use the term "Farewell Tour". I mean who is she, Cher?

kim has never had a 'farewell tour' just been very open about when she intends to hang up her rackets. she said she would retire in her 1st career at the end of 2007 and she said that in 2005, injuries, loss of love and wanting a family meant she never made it to the end of 2007.

the 2nd career has always been about playing an olympics and she has never said she will play past that even from 2009 when she started back.

it is not a bad thing to have a plan on how long you want to play, especially when you are married and have children in mind. of course because she has been open about that every other question she gets asked is 'when are you going to retire and have another kid?'.

sammy01
May 22nd, 2012, 02:50 PM
Enjoy your life!



I hope she and Serena get to meet a few more times, though.

be great to have them both fit for 1 more showdown on the grass and one more at the us open :hearts:

LoveFifteen
May 22nd, 2012, 02:53 PM
I too hope that Kim and Serena can play one last time before Kim retires.

Typical that the same disgusting trash on this website shows no respect to a multiple Slam champion.

LoLex
May 22nd, 2012, 02:56 PM
Bye bye, St. Kim :D

muniu
May 22nd, 2012, 02:56 PM
Kim who???

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m00mfekpkS1rn95k2o1_400.gif

Marcus1979
May 22nd, 2012, 02:59 PM
I too hope that Kim and Serena can play one last time before Kim retires.

Typical that the same disgusting trash on this website shows no respect to a multiple Slam champion.

if they say that about Kim who is always a likeable player and personality. Imagine what they would say about Serena.

Its sad when legends retire.

I was sad when Martina and Lindsay retired due to the titanic battles they had with Vee, which I always enjoyed win or lose.

Mary Cherry.
May 22nd, 2012, 03:09 PM
I just love how people use the term "Farewell Tour". I mean who is she, Cher?

Well the tour is full of gypsies, tramps and thieves :shrug:

Miss Atomic Bomb
May 22nd, 2012, 03:19 PM
Farewell Kimberley. I was lucky enough to see Lindsay play against her at Wimbledon 2005 :hearts: Hopefully we get to see some Kim vs Serena matches before she retires.

PS: And WTA loses yet another shady Belgian :sad:

n1_and_uh_noone
May 22nd, 2012, 03:20 PM
To think some players annouce it and some keep us guessing. I remember when Capriati and Seles stopped playing we were often guessing when they would return :lol:

No offense, but you seem to have a pretty poor memory. Clijsters retired for the 1st time in 2007 and she did so rather abruptly during the claycourt season.

Maria Croft
May 22nd, 2012, 03:21 PM
She is still playing tennis?

Stonerpova
May 22nd, 2012, 03:22 PM
TBH I actually kind of forgot about her. But she's a great athlete, she had a comeback for the ages, and she's acquitted herself with class throughout her entire career (with the exception of the truly facepalm-worthy Asian swing thing). She's got one foot out the door already, so it'll be interesting to see how Wimbledon, the Olympics, and The Open go for her.

I just love how people use the term "Farewell Tour". I mean who is she, Cher?

:spit:

what kind of true athlete plays no more than 10 tournaments per year? :rolleyes:

Serena, Maria, Kim... in other words the good kind.

wildemu
May 22nd, 2012, 03:23 PM
but..but what about asisa?




lol

Miss Atomic Bomb
May 22nd, 2012, 03:25 PM
No offense, but you seem to have a pretty poor memory. Clijsters retired for the 1st time in 2007 and she did so rather abruptly during the claycourt season.

It may have been abrupt as she retired a few months earlier than planned, but since she had already announced the retirement plans in 2007 he does have a point.

Temperenka
May 22nd, 2012, 03:50 PM
I didn't realize she was still playing.

I'll be surprised if she plays more than 2 more tournaments though, honestly. :shrug:

The Dawntreader
May 22nd, 2012, 03:52 PM
Shotgun retirement is it?

Anyway, it's a loss to the tour to lose a player of Saint Sin's ilk.

Andrewraven
May 22nd, 2012, 04:00 PM
:sad: She has had a wonderful career, hopefully she can add another US open to her titles

Roookie
May 22nd, 2012, 04:01 PM
Great news for Venus Williams

timafi
May 22nd, 2012, 04:09 PM
Win as many slams as you can Kim.I'll miss you a LOT.Good luck the rest of the year and good luck with the family :hug: :angel:

HRHoliviasmith
May 22nd, 2012, 04:38 PM
Asked about her just the other day, I thought she had already retired (again) already.

Marlene
May 22nd, 2012, 04:39 PM
Don't want to sound mean but IMO it's good for the tour when a part-time player, who doesn't really care about the tour, retires.
Her last farewell tour was already a big joke so I hope this time it will be not as bad.

I kinda feel it's a big joke already that she's still playing... or whatever you'd call it. Commit or quit.

Charlatan
May 22nd, 2012, 04:40 PM
this is expected to the point of being NID
it's sad to see someone like kim saying officially bye to the tour..but what can you do?
best of luck, kim

Queenpova
May 22nd, 2012, 04:42 PM
http://i43.tinypic.com/21ce9at.jpg

gmak
May 22nd, 2012, 04:50 PM
I am prepared for it, but it will still be tough :(

Lindsay, Mary, Amelie, Lena and finally Kim :sad: :sad: :tears:
and of an era

Princess Fiona
May 22nd, 2012, 04:55 PM
I've never really been a fan (sorry!)* but have nothing but respect for her talent and achievements.

All the best, Kim - wishing you and family very happy times!!

EDIT: Sorry if that sounds mean... I am not used to posting here these days ;) *babbles*

Sharakim
May 22nd, 2012, 04:55 PM
:sad: that's too bad but expected. She's had a wonderful career and I wish her well in her future.

GrandMartha
May 22nd, 2012, 04:57 PM
she said it about 2 years ago :shrug:

Comebacksova
May 22nd, 2012, 05:07 PM
Yeah, yeah we already knew like 10 years ago. :o

PetraReeMona
May 22nd, 2012, 05:20 PM
Well the tour is full of gypsies, tramps and thieves :shrug:

Who's who ? :p

Fantasy Hero
May 22nd, 2012, 05:22 PM
hardly a bombshell :shrug:

young_gunner913
May 22nd, 2012, 05:22 PM
Have fun in your life outside of tennis Kimberly. :) Don't lower yourself and do a dancing show like the Martina's. :oh:

Joelina
May 22nd, 2012, 05:25 PM
She is still playing tennis?

this

i don´t miss her on the tour at all

goodbye Kim

Queenpova
May 22nd, 2012, 05:25 PM
Have fun in your life outside of tennis Kimberly. :) Don't lower yourself and do a dancing show like the Martina's. :oh:

Dont lower yourself to be a failed designer like the Williams :hah:

young_gunner913
May 22nd, 2012, 05:27 PM
Dont lower yourself to be a failed designer like the Williams :hah:

And yet more money was made in those "failed" fashion lines then you'll ever make in your life. Who's the failure now?

Super Dave
May 22nd, 2012, 05:31 PM
http://i43.tinypic.com/f56lw6.jpg

Kidding.

It's time. Jada needs a sibling.

Enjoyed many of her matches, the most memorable her first US Open win and watching her climb up the stands. Enjoy your life, Kim. :wavey:

Miracle Worker
May 22nd, 2012, 05:43 PM
She has no mercy for me.

She plays 4-5 tournaments in high level of tennis each seasons since comeback and now she's going to say 'bye bye'. And her farewell tour contains 5 tournaments :sobbing:

Super Dave
May 22nd, 2012, 05:56 PM
This, too.. :[

http://chzheroes.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/superheroes-batman-superman-hey-hey-hey-good-bye.gif

it-girl
May 22nd, 2012, 06:25 PM
It was a matter of time. At least her fans know when she will retire for good so it doesn't come as a shock like Elena D did.

Sweety Darling
May 22nd, 2012, 06:26 PM
Dont lower yourself to be a failed designer like the Williams :hah:

:lol:

Roookie
May 22nd, 2012, 06:30 PM
Dont lower yourself to be a failed designer like the Williams :hah:

:happy:

duhcity
May 22nd, 2012, 06:50 PM
Guessing her hubby got a job

Ntosake
May 22nd, 2012, 06:53 PM
I always liked Kim, even moreso after she ditched that rat Hewitt, but it's like she's already retired. Hope she has a long prosperous life with her family and friends.

jj74
May 22nd, 2012, 06:56 PM
Who cares. Don't get me wrong, she is a great player but it's like she is retired now, she was playing very few tournaments for a long time.

Nicolás89
May 22nd, 2012, 07:00 PM
Have fun in your life outside of tennis Kimberly. :) Don't lower yourself and do a dancing show like the Martina's. :oh:

Or try to make an acting career happen like Sarin. :oh:

Queenpova
May 22nd, 2012, 07:12 PM
And yet more money was made in those "failed" fashion lines then you'll ever make in your life. Who's the failure now?

You since you came for Legend's wig and got owned. :hah:

Galsen
May 22nd, 2012, 07:12 PM
UxqpALfYhtQ

You did not USE MY Bey to shade her :bigcry:
Brian Lynch's meal ticket Kim, Enjoy your life with your daughter

ExXotikal
May 22nd, 2012, 07:19 PM
Wew?

Martian Jeza
May 22nd, 2012, 07:32 PM
The lack of respect from some people will never cease to amaze me really...

Siyasema
May 22nd, 2012, 07:35 PM
The lack of respect from some people will never cease to amaze me really...

Have you looked in the mirror lately?

mateusz2904
May 22nd, 2012, 07:37 PM
Sad news, but everyone expected that... Good that she made that comeback

TennisAddict84
May 22nd, 2012, 07:37 PM
aw love clijsters both as a player and a person...but yea totally expected this...hopefully she can be completely healthy by the USO and be a threat to carry another title

Martian Jeza
May 22nd, 2012, 07:39 PM
Have you looked in the mirror lately?

I can look myself straight in a mirror : don't worry. I didn't react when Henin retired for example : I'd rather be silent when a player I strongly dislike retires

Siyasema
May 22nd, 2012, 07:47 PM
I can look myself straight in a mirror : don't worry. I didn't react when Henin retired for example : I'd rather be silent when a player I strongly dislike retires

This is true, if you can't say something nice, it's better not to say anything at all. It's a bit hypocritical of you, though, to play the respect angle because you have on numerous occasions shown that you have no problem showing disrespect to players.

Morrissey
May 22nd, 2012, 07:49 PM
This is bad news for the WTA because I don't see tennis fans excited about the new generation. Victoria Azarenka has a lot of growing up to do. And I don't quite understand the hype about her? The grunting and the bitch diva attitude isn't going win Victoria a lot of new fans. I imagine Victoria is huge in Eastern Europe but she's not popular in the west. Petra Kvitova has the right attitude she seems humble maybe a bit too humble. Kvitova is in a slump after her breakthrough year last year. The WTA really needs CONSISTENT young champions. Maria Sharapova might be the only player that is kind of young that can save the WTA.

Wintermute
May 22nd, 2012, 07:53 PM
It's a shame injury has screwed up her final season and it will be a sad loss for the tour when she goes for good. She's been missing so much this year I think some people with very short-term memories have forgotten what she brought to the game.

Queenpova
May 22nd, 2012, 07:54 PM
This is bad news for the WTA




Because Kim was a big ticket seller and attracted non tennis followers, right?

http://i44.tinypic.com/1584i0w.gif

madmax
May 22nd, 2012, 07:59 PM
well, she took her opportunities when the tour was in shambles anyway, so this decision is perfectly understandable. Her only chance of adding more majors to her legacy is in Flushing Meadows, so I guess she will go all out in that one. I'm not a fan of her or her game, but she is one hell of an athlete and that counts for a lot in this sport. Hopefully some new young prodigy is gonna break out and follow in her footsteps, since it's clear that Generation Suck mediocre peasants are not really up to the task...

le bon vivant
May 22nd, 2012, 08:00 PM
Oh.

JCTennisFan
May 22nd, 2012, 08:13 PM
Kimmy :( . She (along with Serena) are arguably the best players left on the tour. Im gonna miss her alot :(

cowsonice
May 22nd, 2012, 08:19 PM
Kim :crying2:

Why must you be such a part-time player this year?

Matt01
May 22nd, 2012, 08:23 PM
this part-timer has shown easily the real strength of Generation suck at AO , the same thing now is doing Serena and in Wimbledon will show Venus


:happy:
You're delusional.


Of course , you as a Vika fan , are obsessed with their early retirement to let your less talented fave win more trophies


My fave won enough trophies (and beat Kimmie on the way to her Slam) with all those part-timers in the draws this year. I couldn't care less about the overrated part-timers.

Morrissey
May 22nd, 2012, 08:27 PM
Grass is Clijsters worst surface I feel there are a few players who can beat her on grass. I actually think Clijsters is better on clay than grass and her best surface of course is a hardcourt.And YES the WTA is in shambles right now the media hype for Azarenka is pathetic. Yes the girl won the Australian Open but she's got to do a lot more than just win one major. I don't see anything special about Azarenka's game either. She doesnt' have a big serve too.

BuTtErFrEnA
May 22nd, 2012, 08:28 PM
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f119/Lloydsgurl/Screencaps/gifs/close20door.gif

shoparound
May 22nd, 2012, 08:30 PM
How many retirements and farewell tours does she need?
She pretty much doesn't play anymore anyways

Matt01
May 22nd, 2012, 08:36 PM
I can look myself straight in a mirror : don't worry. I didn't react when Henin retired for example : I'd rather be silent when a player I strongly dislike retires


Kim hasn't retired yet; it's just an(other) announcement. In her final retirement tread there should be more respect I agree, but for now people can still criticise her.

Kairi
May 22nd, 2012, 08:37 PM
http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m2rc1mgMf51ruohz4o1_500.gif

sammy01
May 22nd, 2012, 08:59 PM
Because Kim was a big ticket seller and attracted non tennis followers, right?

http://i44.tinypic.com/1584i0w.gif

kim must be doing something right, her watch advert for citizen was on during the x fatcor final, the biggest advert slot and the most expensive in the UK.

In The Zone
May 22nd, 2012, 09:00 PM
Let's see if she makes it there. Kim is a player who needs motivation. Without it, she is ridiculous. Rus anyone?

Vincey!
May 22nd, 2012, 09:10 PM
That was to be expected! I'm glad she got to come back to win a couple more slams. :)

LightWarrior
May 22nd, 2012, 09:12 PM
God why can't she retire the way Graf did instead of constantly talking about retiring for the last 2 years ? Graf was never my fave but the way she retired was probably the most gracious and spectacular.

Sweety Darling
May 22nd, 2012, 09:13 PM
God why can't she retire the way Graf did instead of constantly talking about retiring for the last 2 years ? Graf was never my fave but the way she retired was probably the most gracious and spectacular.
Attention seekers do this sort of thing...look at the other Belgian.

Vincey!
May 22nd, 2012, 09:13 PM
kim must be doing something right, her watch advert for citizen was on during the x fatcor final, the biggest advert slot and the most expensive in the UK.

doesn't that only mean that Citizen paid the rights to have an ad there? It doesn't prove that Clijsters being part of the ad is helping selling watches :shrug:

sammy01
May 22nd, 2012, 09:16 PM
doesn't that only mean that Citizen paid the rights to have an ad there? It doesn't prove that Clijsters being part of the ad is helping selling watches :shrug:

it proves citizen have faith in kim's appeal enough to have an advert on with her in it at the most expensive time on uk t.v.

Queenpova
May 22nd, 2012, 09:21 PM
it proves citizen have faith in kim's appeal enough to have an advert on with her in it at the most expensive time on uk t.v.

They also had faith in her to promote Shrek:hearts:

Vincey!
May 22nd, 2012, 09:26 PM
it proves citizen have faith in kim's appeal enough to have an advert on with her in it at the most expensive time on uk t.v.

Do they have many other ads playing right now? Maybe they wanted to sell that particular watch...I mean I don't think you can judge someone's appeal or likability to sell products from the choice of a company to put an ad during a particular event. I mean Wozniacki's ads for Turkish Airline was playing all the time and I don't think Caro is that popular :lol: they could have put any other player and it would have had the same airing. I'm not saying Kim is not popular tho, but I doubt she's bringing tennis newbie to tournaments or events. You need to be a tennis fan first to be a kim fan.

TennisAddict84
May 22nd, 2012, 09:26 PM
what's with the clijsters hate from some posters? she's so likeable both on and off the court...

PowerWilliams
May 22nd, 2012, 09:30 PM
Well, it's kinda sad to say, but it was time. She's turning Justine, literally. Hope she'd lose US Open final in 3rd set tie-break vs Williams, just not to have it too hard.

sammy01
May 22nd, 2012, 09:30 PM
Do they have many other ads playing right now? Maybe they wanted to sell that particular watch...I mean I don't think you can judge someone's appeal or likability to sell products from the choice of a company to put an ad during a particular event. I mean Wozniacki's ads for Turkish Airline was playing all the time and I don't think Caro is that popular :lol: they could have put any other player and it would have had the same airing. I'm not saying Kim is not popular tho, but I doubt she's bringing tennis newbie to tournaments or events. You need to be a tennis fan first to be a kim fan.

she was the only female athlete that made the times influentual 100 list. you will find given kim's story of being a mum and being a successful athlete has found its way outside of just the tennis circle.

cn ireland
May 22nd, 2012, 09:31 PM
Not a shocking revelation but would love to see Kim win Wimbledon now:)!!!

Queenpova
May 22nd, 2012, 09:32 PM
she was the only female athlete that made the times influentual 100 list. you will find given kim's story of being a mum and being a successful athlete has found its way outside of just the tennis circle.
You are really delusional. Kim clijsters is one of the less relevant multi grand-slam champions.

Seles, Sharapova, Williams, Hingis or Graf, she aint. (relevance wise)

DefyingGravity
May 22nd, 2012, 09:35 PM
If she plays Cincinnati, I must see her play. She's the last of my faves that I have never seen play in person.

Vincey!
May 22nd, 2012, 09:38 PM
she was the only female athlete that made the times influentual 100 list. you will find given kim's story of being a mum and being a successful athlete has found its way outside of just the tennis circle.

Don't get me wrong I like Kim and I know she's a great player and a great person. I just personally don't think she's that popular to non tennis fan. If I'm wrong then I'm happy for her she'd deserve it.

spencercarlos
May 22nd, 2012, 09:40 PM
You are really delusional. Kim clijsters is one of the less relevant multi grand-slam champions.

Seles, Sharapova, Williams, Hingis or Graf, she aint. (relevance wise)
Clearly Sharapova does a relevance list.. and you know it..

LightWarrior
May 22nd, 2012, 09:43 PM
Attention seekers do this sort of thing...look at the other Belgian.

The infamous Clijsters/Henin/Hingis trio. Or how to retire graciously. lol

Sweety Darling
May 22nd, 2012, 09:49 PM
No one cared the first, second or tenth time she retired already...so why should people now :shrug: At least there's more time to dance on tables and be less paranoid of nuclear fallout :)

spencercarlos
May 22nd, 2012, 09:50 PM
The infamous Clijsters/Henin/Hingis trio. Or how to retire graciously. lol
Lol, yeah, still Kim did really great after her comeback, 3 slams no less so i think she is pretty much safe here.

égalité
May 22nd, 2012, 09:57 PM
She's still playing? :lol:

Matt01
May 22nd, 2012, 09:58 PM
Lol, yeah, still Kim did really great after her comeback, 3 slams no less so i think she is pretty much safe here.


I think the poster meant the way they retired and not how they played or how successful they were. Hingis and Henin are safe because they were always dedicated while playing and then they were forced to retire. Kim is a totally different case. I'd say she's the worst of the three.

LightWarrior
May 22nd, 2012, 10:04 PM
Lol, yeah, still Kim did really great after her comeback, 3 slams no less so i think she is pretty much safe here.

Oh sure and I'm not criticizing her as a player nor as a person but she clearly belongs to the Agassi/Federer greats category as far as not knowing how to retire in spite of declining.
I mentioned Graf, but the most epic retirement was Sampras'. It makes him even greater.

Dave.
May 22nd, 2012, 10:12 PM
Typical that the same disgusting trash on this website shows no respect to a multiple Slam champion.

That's a bit extreme isn't it? No player doesn't deserve any more respect just because they won a few slams, let alone Kim and the manner in which she won hers. Clearly Kim has not had the same respect for the tour in this comeback that she used to have before.

I think for many people Kim's career as a truly committed player in her prime and alongside her biggest rivals was finished by 2007, and that this retirement (as well as her comeback as a whole) mean very little in the grand scheme of things.

Let's see if she makes it there. Kim is a player who needs motivation. Without it, she is ridiculous. Rus anyone?

Can't believe that was already a year ago :hysteric:

TennisAddict84
May 22nd, 2012, 10:26 PM
That's a bit extreme isn't it? No player doesn't deserve any more respect just because they won a few slams, let alone Kim and the manner in which she won hers. Clearly Kim has not had the same respect for the tour in this comeback that she used to have before.

I think for many people Kim's career as a truly committed player in her prime and alongside her biggest rivals was finished by 2007, and that this retirement (as well as her comeback as a whole) mean very little in the grand scheme of things.



Can't believe that was already a year ago :hysteric:

Well, I mean she was focused on winning the big titles during this comeback. Her priority was to win more slams and she knew that her best chance to do so was to play a more limited schedule, to prevent herself from incurring any injuries. I don't see anything wrong with that nor do I think she is disrespecting the tour by committing to fewer tournaments. She is simply being smart about her scheduling because she knows that she is prone to injury based on her game style.

So I don't see what the big deal is that she's announcing her second retirement. She's in her late 20s, her body is breaking down again, and she accomplished her goal of winning more slams.

Melange
May 22nd, 2012, 11:30 PM
Well the tour is full of gypsies, tramps and thieves :shrug:

This is one of the funniest posts ever :lol:

hurricanejeanne
May 22nd, 2012, 11:47 PM
Guessing her hubby got a job

:hysteric:
This was my thought at first too.

I'll be surprised if she actually plays her "last five tournaments", after all, she did this back in 2007. Hopefully she's happy with retiring this time.

Valanga
May 22nd, 2012, 11:58 PM
It's actually fair for Brian to get a job

danieln1
May 23rd, 2012, 12:00 AM
Some of the comments :haha: :haha: :haha:

But obviously the one who will suffer the most is her husband, no more travelling around the world to the biggest tennis tournaments... who will pay the bills now? :oh:

Melange
May 23rd, 2012, 12:04 AM
All you sad pressed bitches

http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/076/f/f/facebuuk_by_lk92-d4t1wgn.gif

Bayo
May 23rd, 2012, 12:41 AM
Hopefully she's happy with retiring this time.

Translation: Stay gone.

Craig.
May 23rd, 2012, 01:03 AM
Hopefully she's happy with retiring this time.

:devil:

Xstrain
May 23rd, 2012, 01:08 AM
A shame to see her go but as has been said it was entirely expected.

She has priorities as a mother and she's firmly cemented her place among the best in tennis. Winning 3 slams as a mother (tied w/ Margaret Court!) is an inspiring achievement for all women tennis players.

Terrible to see the amount of bashing going on in the thread though :o. Then again, 3 slams since her comeback is just far too much for some to handle :oh:
Alas

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f337/Gainsy/demihatersgonnahate.gif

Repost

The first 10 (and a quarter) years of her career...Wimbledon 99 thru Wimbledon 09.
..........41 slam events are held. She misses 15 (37%)…..makes finals in 5/26 tourneys - ONE title..

Generally the first ten years of a player's career is when one would expect that their performance and achievements are in an upwards trajectory.....It took 6 years ('99-'05) to win her first title.

First six years establishes a 1-4 record in slam finals;

FO 2001 - lost to Capriati in final

FO 03, USO 03 & AO 04 lost to Justine in three consecutive finals
(Ironically in their first two encounters she beat Justine..FO-01 SF, AO-02 QF (Overall 2-5 H-to-H )

USO 05- first win...against Pierce...does not defend title following yr.

Afterwards 3 straight SF's losses in 2006.. Mauresomo (AO) and twice to Henin (Wimbledon, FO) and misses USO-06. Then loses 4th consecutive SF to Sharapova at AO-07...then retires... from FR-07 thru WIM 09 a total of 10 tournaments..

So upon her “unretirement” (and during the sway of Generation Suck) ...from USO-09..thru FO-12...
11 tournaments held...she misses 4, ….makes 3 finals… and wins 3 titles in her first 5 tournaments.

So in about a 16 month period after her return...she wins three times as many slam titles as she did during her first 10 years….and this happens towards the end of her projected career after an almost 3 year absence...

So 3 trophies/5 tournaments...vs..1 trophy/26 tournaments...

3-0 in slam finals..vs.....1-4 in slam finals...

So even though, so far, she has accumulated 3 of 4 career trophies in a hurry,....
Did her performance, skill level, mentality, etc.. get spectacularly better during those 3 retirement years.?.
Prior to her comeback she had never won more than one slam in a season, (she only had one anyway)… she had never successfully defended a title, and had only once made it to consecutive slam finals…,
No Olympic achievements,….and for the Wozniacki critics…Kim was the first player to be top ranked by the WTA without first winning a Grand Slam singles title.

Or was she basically the fortunate beneficiary of and took advantage of the following realties...

1....a generally "weaker" WTA roster and generation of up and coming players?
2...The absence, retirement, decline and or injury of the players who were her major roadblocks/competition during her peak years?
3...The fact that because she missed over a third, 35% (18/52), of the slams held in the 13.5yr period since '99, there is considerably less wear and tear on her body compared to her contemporaries whether active or retired.. e.g. Venus, Serena, Justine, Kim have played 256, 244, 168, 159 Slam matches respectively.

4... and she is also the youngest of the American-Belgian Quartet (Venus '80, Serena '81, Justine '82 and Kim '83) that so impacted the last decade and more. So far ABQ have won 60% of all slam titles..(31/51) since ’99…and..2/3 Olympic singles gold medals…2/3 doubles gold….in the last three Olympics..

Of course in addition to the A-B trio..other slam winners/finalists like Davenport, Hingis, Capriati,.Sharapova, Mauresmo, Ivanovic, Kuznetsova, Jankovic , etc., made the WTA quite competitive depending on the particular year they were in form…

Nevertheless compared to the overwhelming majority of men & women tennis players
who will not make it to a final much less win a grand slam....she has had a very, very successful, Hall of Fame, tennis career and ranked among the best players to ever play the game..

but to be considered among the "greats" ..i.e.. having changed the sport in some way, or broadened the audience, or having memorable triumphs..or being part of spectacular games, setting new standards of achievement, winning against all odds..etc., etc.,…

No disrespect….I just don’t think Kim will be remembered in that way…. but with career prize money probably around $25M…I don’t think she cares..! But on the plus side she does play in the highest profile sport for women…

The common quality among the top tier of athletes is that in some way or other they transcended their sport to become a household name…

Even if you are not a fan of a particular sport….there are names that when mentioned are immediately
Identifiable…whether active or retired..…Whether you watch ice- hockey, soccer, golf, swimming, track& field, boxing, ..etc, etc, etc., You know the names..Wayne Gretzky, David Beckham, Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps, Mike Tyson, Jordan, Kobe, Lebron..etc. etc…

and Clijsters…Hmm??

Conversation circa 2016..among some young female tennis fans…under 21…outside BJK Tennis Center..

Brittney: “oh..Yea…Yea..Yea…I remember she was that player that Serena lost the finals game against when she “threatened” that little Asian lineswoman at the US Open …”I’ll shove that ball down you’re effing throat..” Ha..Ha..Ha..!!!

Laura: Yea..I remember now…She had a kid too didn’t she..? Yea…yea..a little girl…yea I remember the paparazzi and tv cameras were taking a lot of pictures on the court after she won the trophy and making a really big fuss about the fact that she was a mom….and had basically rolled out of bed one day like after 3 years or somethin’ and came to NY and won the freaking US Open…!! Her daughter was like 2 or 3 years old..I think ..she was a cutie though... but her husband was bit dorky looking though…Ha!!

Anna: Mmm…yea I remember her too…’cause..she always wore those crappy outfits..like something you’d just pick up off the floor at Walmart or somethin…..ugh !!… ….Oh..well….what’s she up to these days anyway? What?..TMZ sez she’s involved in a really messy, messy. divorce…
Her husband was messin’ around with someone..I think another tennis player …I’ll have to go check the Smokin’ Gun website..and see who it is? God..I wonder if it’s Justine?? Ha! Ha! Ha!

Nicolás89
May 23rd, 2012, 01:20 AM
:sobbing:

SELVEN
May 23rd, 2012, 02:17 AM
Kim created my best tennis memory,I'll always remember her.Good luck to her retired life.Always be happy Kimmie.:)

Roookie
May 23rd, 2012, 02:28 AM
The best US hardcourt player of her generation will be missed.

Serenus Christ
May 23rd, 2012, 02:31 AM
The best US hardcourt player of her generation will be missed.

Was her generation one season? :confused:

Martian Jeza
May 23rd, 2012, 02:38 AM
This is true, if you can't say something nice, it's better not to say anything at all. It's a bit hypocritical of you, though, to play the respect angle because you have on numerous occasions shown that you have no problem showing disrespect to players.

You don't get it, I bet ! I strongly dislike the WS but did I troll the last months in their threads ? I'd rather avoid them. I'm not hypocritical : I say it again I strongly dislike the WS : that you want it or not ! I said to myself with Henin's case : " You leave, well : I don't give a dam : I never liked you anyway ! "

Gdsimmons
May 23rd, 2012, 02:41 AM
I think Kim is/was a smart athlete who took advantage of her opportunities (4). Her defense was....good. So I hope once she gets off my tv screen that she lives a joyous and fulfilling life..

http://i.imgur.com/1fkaD.gif

pierce85
May 23rd, 2012, 02:56 AM
Good thing with time is that it goes by quickly so some of the pressed, sad bitches who posted in this thread will soon be vanished too once their faves retire

Charlatan
May 23rd, 2012, 04:06 AM
Good thing with time is that it goes by quickly so some of the pressed, sad bitches who posted in this thread will soon be vanished too once their faves retire

yeah, that's how i thought too :lol:

wonder how they would feel to see the disrespectful posts when their favs retire too

BlueTrees
May 23rd, 2012, 04:11 AM
The lack of respect from some people will never cease to amaze me really...

You're the one that called McHale a "shit player" so STFU :bigwave:

Brad[le]y.
May 23rd, 2012, 04:11 AM
Repost

The first 10 (and a quarter) years of her career...Wimbledon 99 thru Wimbledon 09.
..........41 slam events are held. She misses 15 (37%)…..makes finals in 5/26 tourneys - ONE title..

Generally the first ten years of a player's career is when one would expect that their performance and achievements are in an upwards trajectory.....It took 6 years ('99-'05) to win her first title.

First six years establishes a 1-4 record in slam finals;

FO 2001 - lost to Capriati in final

FO 03, USO 03 & AO 04 lost to Justine in three consecutive finals
(Ironically in their first two encounters she beat Justine..FO-01 SF, AO-02 QF (Overall 2-5 H-to-H )

USO 05- first win...against Pierce...does not defend title following yr.

Afterwards 3 straight SF's losses in 2006.. Mauresomo (AO) and twice to Henin (Wimbledon, FO) and misses USO-06. Then loses 4th consecutive SF to Sharapova at AO-07...then retires... from FR-07 thru WIM 09 a total of 10 tournaments..

So upon her “unretirement” (and during the sway of Generation Suck) ...from USO-09..thru FO-12...
11 tournaments held...she misses 4, ….makes 3 finals… and wins 3 titles in her first 5 tournaments.

So in about a 16 month period after her return...she wins three times as many slam titles as she did during her first 10 years….and this happens towards the end of her projected career after an almost 3 year absence...

So 3 trophies/5 tournaments...vs..1 trophy/26 tournaments...

3-0 in slam finals..vs.....1-4 in slam finals...

So even though, so far, she has accumulated 3 of 4 career trophies in a hurry,....
Did her performance, skill level, mentality, etc.. get spectacularly better during those 3 retirement years.?.
Prior to her comeback she had never won more than one slam in a season, (she only had one anyway)… she had never successfully defended a title, and had only once made it to consecutive slam finals…,
No Olympic achievements,….and for the Wozniacki critics…Kim was the first player to be top ranked by the WTA without first winning a Grand Slam singles title.

Or was she basically the fortunate beneficiary of and took advantage of the following realties...

1....a generally "weaker" WTA roster and generation of up and coming players?
2...The absence, retirement, decline and or injury of the players who were her major roadblocks/competition during her peak years?
3...The fact that because she missed over a third, 35% (18/52), of the slams held in the 13.5yr period since '99, there is considerably less wear and tear on her body compared to her contemporaries whether active or retired.. e.g. Venus, Serena, Justine, Kim have played 256, 244, 168, 159 Slam matches respectively.

4... and she is also the youngest of the American-Belgian Quartet (Venus '80, Serena '81, Justine '82 and Kim '83) that so impacted the last decade and more. So far ABQ have won 60% of all slam titles..(31/51) since ’99…and..2/3 Olympic singles gold medals…2/3 doubles gold….in the last three Olympics..

Of course in addition to the A-B trio..other slam winners/finalists like Davenport, Hingis, Capriati,.Sharapova, Mauresmo, Ivanovic, Kuznetsova, Jankovic , etc., made the WTA quite competitive depending on the particular year they were in form…

Nevertheless compared to the overwhelming majority of men & women tennis players
who will not make it to a final much less win a grand slam....she has had a very, very successful, Hall of Fame, tennis career and ranked among the best players to ever play the game..

but to be considered among the "greats" ..i.e.. having changed the sport in some way, or broadened the audience, or having memorable triumphs..or being part of spectacular games, setting new standards of achievement, winning against all odds..etc., etc.,…

No disrespect….I just don’t think Kim will be remembered in that way…. but with career prize money probably around $25M…I don’t think she cares..! But on the plus side she does play in the highest profile sport for women…

The common quality among the top tier of athletes is that in some way or other they transcended their sport to become a household name…

Even if you are not a fan of a particular sport….there are names that when mentioned are immediately
Identifiable…whether active or retired..…Whether you watch ice- hockey, soccer, golf, swimming, track& field, boxing, ..etc, etc, etc., You know the names..Wayne Gretzky, David Beckham, Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps, Mike Tyson, Jordan, Kobe, Lebron..etc. etc…

and Clijsters…Hmm??

Conversation circa 2016..among some young female tennis fans…under 21…outside BJK Tennis Center..

Brittney: “oh..Yea…Yea..Yea…I remember she was that player that Serena lost the finals game against when she “threatened” that little Asian lineswoman at the US Open …”I’ll shove that ball down you’re effing throat..” Ha..Ha..Ha..!!!

Laura: Yea..I remember now…She had a kid too didn’t she..? Yea…yea..a little girl…yea I remember the paparazzi and tv cameras were taking a lot of pictures on the court after she won the trophy and making a really big fuss about the fact that she was a mom….and had basically rolled out of bed one day like after 3 years or somethin’ and came to NY and won the freaking US Open…!! Her daughter was like 2 or 3 years old..I think ..she was a cutie though... but her husband was bit dorky looking though…Ha!!

Anna: Mmm…yea I remember her too…’cause..she always wore those crappy outfits..like something you’d just pick up off the floor at Walmart or somethin…..ugh !!… ….Oh..well….what’s she up to these days anyway? What?..TMZ sez she’s involved in a really messy, messy. divorce…
Her husband was messin’ around with someone..I think another tennis player …I’ll have to go check the Smokin’ Gun website..and see who it is? God..I wonder if it’s Justine?? Ha! Ha! Ha!

Vikapower-esque :sobbing:

Charlatan
May 23rd, 2012, 04:20 AM
Vikapower-esque :sobbing:

:hysteric: :rolls:

Marcus1979
May 23rd, 2012, 04:42 AM
The best US hardcourt player of her generation will be missed.

I always thought it was Davenport. :hearts:

Edinboro
May 23rd, 2012, 04:59 AM
After hearing rumors that she was retiring after the Olympics, Im glad to here shes planning on playing the US Open.

Martian Jeza
May 23rd, 2012, 05:08 AM
You're the one that called McHale a "shit player" so STFU :bigwave:

I won't :wavey:

Melange
May 23rd, 2012, 05:56 AM
Repost


Nevertheless compared to the overwhelming majority of men & women tennis players
who will not make it to a final much less win a grand slam....she has had a very, very successful, Hall of Fame, tennis career and ranked among the best players to ever play the game..

but to be considered among the "greats" ..i.e.. having changed the sport in some way, or broadened the audience, or having memorable triumphs..or being part of spectacular games, setting new standards of achievement, winning against all odds..etc., etc.,…

No disrespect….I just don’t think Kim will be remembered in that way…. but with career prize money probably around $25M…I don’t think she cares..! But on the plus side she does play in the highest profile sport for women…

The common quality among the top tier of athletes is that in some way or other they transcended their sport to become a household name…

Even if you are not a fan of a particular sport….there are names that when mentioned are immediately
Identifiable…whether active or retired..…Whether you watch ice- hockey, soccer, golf, swimming, track& field, boxing, ..etc, etc, etc., You know the names..Wayne Gretzky, David Beckham, Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps, Mike Tyson, Jordan, Kobe, Lebron..etc. etc…

and Clijsters…Hmm??


She might not be legendary but noone else has won 3 slam after being a mother. That gives her a unique place in sporting history.

:haha: David Beckham? :help: When asked about Beckham being in the top 20 players in the world, Brian Glanville replied, "I would not consider him to even be in the top 220."

Trih
May 23rd, 2012, 08:43 AM
I'm really sad :sad: a sign of times changing. :[
I wish Kim the best luck for these last tournaments. :bowdown:

Beat
May 23rd, 2012, 09:04 AM
not surprising news. good luck to her - and let's hope for a really good ending to an outstanding tennis career.

what's with the clijsters hate from some posters? she's so likeable both on and off the court...

it's become fashionable recently. don't ask me why.

NeKo
May 23rd, 2012, 10:00 AM
expected.

Maria rocks
May 23rd, 2012, 12:01 PM
now its time for justine to come back

Oh good lord no!!!!

Not surprised re Kim.

sammy01
May 23rd, 2012, 12:27 PM
Well, I mean she was focused on winning the big titles during this comeback. Her priority was to win more slams and she knew that her best chance to do so was to play a more limited schedule, to prevent herself from incurring any injuries. I don't see anything wrong with that nor do I think she is disrespecting the tour by committing to fewer tournaments. She is simply being smart about her scheduling because she knows that she is prone to injury based on her game style.

So I don't see what the big deal is that she's announcing her second retirement. She's in her late 20s, her body is breaking down again, and she accomplished her goal of winning more slams.

you and i know this is the truth but it is much more fun to say she 'only came back because the tour is weak' when serena was holding 3 of the slams when kim announced her comeback. plus spouting 'she doesn't support the tour!!!1!!!1111!1' like women's tennis would be better off without having a name like kim clijsters in draws when she does play.

kim set her priorities for her comeback of only playing to win big, trouble is she actually managed it and 3 times. now that has gotta hurt posters on this board who either support players who 'support the tour' but cant win anything that matters, or are WS fans who love to claim 'only' they could ever dip in and out of the tour and still win big because they are that amaze. not to mention they praise the off court 'activities' of those 2, yet kim actually has a family and life away from tennis not selling nightwear on some shopping channel.

Optima
May 23rd, 2012, 01:26 PM
Lord, she's so self absorbed.

CrossCourt~Rally
May 24th, 2012, 01:14 AM
Kimmy :hug: Injurys caught up with her over the last year :awww:

Hopefully she can be fully fit for Wimby, The Olympics and The USO :bounce:

TennisAddict84
May 24th, 2012, 01:44 AM
you and i know this is the truth but it is much more fun to say she 'only came back because the tour is weak' when serena was holding 3 of the slams when kim announced her comeback. plus spouting 'she doesn't support the tour!!!1!!!1111!1' like women's tennis would be better off without having a name like kim clijsters in draws when she does play.

kim set her priorities for her comeback of only playing to win big, trouble is she actually managed it and 3 times. now that has gotta hurt posters on this board who either support players who 'support the tour' but cant win anything that matters, or are WS fans who love to claim 'only' they could ever dip in and out of the tour and still win big because they are that amaze. not to mention they praise the off court 'activities' of those 2, yet kim actually has a family and life away from tennis not selling nightwear on some shopping channel.

Yeah exactly. I mean Serena and Venus have the same approach as Kim during her comeback. Serena and Venus have always played a limited schedule in order to focus their energy on winning the slams. Kim does the same thing, but gets ragged on. It makes no sense.

bandabou
May 24th, 2012, 08:08 AM
you and i know this is the truth but it is much more fun to say she 'only came back because the tour is weak' when serena was holding 3 of the slams when kim announced her comeback. plus spouting 'she doesn't support the tour!!!1!!!1111!1' like women's tennis would be better off without having a name like kim clijsters in draws when she does play.

kim set her priorities for her comeback of only playing to win big, trouble is she actually managed it and 3 times. now that has gotta hurt posters on this board who either support players who 'support the tour' but cant win anything that matters, or are WS fans who love to claim 'only' they could ever dip in and out of the tour and still win big because they are that amaze. not to mention they praise the off court 'activities' of those 2, yet kim actually has a family and life away from tennis not selling nightwear on some shopping channel.

Kudos to Kimmy for what she's done..but you really wanna compare what she's achieved to what Vee and let alone Serena has achieved..or you think any WS-fans is losing sleep because Kimmy won 3 majors in her comeback...then you're really crazy. :lol:

Smitten
May 24th, 2012, 08:42 AM
Please beat the hell out of Venus again before you leave.

Smitten
May 24th, 2012, 08:43 AM
You're the one that called McHale a "shit player" so STFU :bigwave:

But this is true. McHale is a local, a flop, and a useless choker with a mustache.

AjdeNate!
May 24th, 2012, 05:41 PM
Asked about her just the other day, I thought she had already retired (again) already.

ok. :shrug:

tennisfan5
May 24th, 2012, 08:52 PM
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2012-05-24/201205241337875859191.html

Q: And these challenges will definitely be your last, since you've said that you'll be hanging up your racquet for good after Flushing Meadows.

Clijsters: I always said that I would like to play the Masters if my ranking were good enough, but since that won't be the case, I'll stop after New York. Both in sporting terms and from a personal point of view, since my husband Brian's family (who hail from New Jersey) will be there, I think it's a nice place to, well… to stop.

I guess she doesn't think she's going to do all that well at those events? She's still #14 in the Race right now

Soliloque
May 24th, 2012, 08:56 PM
Kim probably doesn't pay attention to the Race at all. She must think she's not that close.

J4m3ka
May 24th, 2012, 09:44 PM
Please beat the hell out of Venus again before you leave.

Sjognus would probably beat her at either Wimbledon or the Olympics :shrug:

Roookie
May 24th, 2012, 09:47 PM
It will be hilarious if Kim wins the USO and retires the next day :happy:

Roookie
May 24th, 2012, 09:58 PM
If she wins USO she'll probably play the following AO :yawn: On 3 different occasions she's told the crowd at AO that it'll be her last AO. I mean, surely no-one can take her retirement announcements THAT seriously :lol:

Matt01 may talk rubbish 99% of the time, but he is probably right in this thread. When it is actually official (or as official as can be :lol:) then people can pay their proper respects.

Wouldn't be surprised if she comes back after having her second child :lol:

Soliloque
May 24th, 2012, 09:58 PM
If she wins USO she'll probably play the following AO :yawn: On 3 different occasions she's told the crowd at AO that it'll be her last AO. I mean, surely no-one can take her retirement announcements THAT seriously :lol:

Matt01 may talk rubbish 99% of the time, but he is probably right in this thread. When it is actually official (or as official as can be :lol:) then people can pay their proper respects.

When ?

18majors
May 24th, 2012, 09:58 PM
Kim will be missed.

J4m3ka
May 24th, 2012, 10:06 PM
When ?

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

January 18, 2007

Kim Clijsters

Q. Wayne Arthurs is playing his last Australian Open, and he said that he's nice and relaxed because he doesn't have to worry about his future anymore, and that's why he's playing good tennis. Could the same be said for you?

KIM CLIJSTERS:
You appreciate it so much more, I think, and you think it's the last time, you just try to suck everything in, and it's a good feeling to have.
I do enjoy it. Yeah, like I said, I've always enjoyed coming here, but this year it's even more special than in the past.


Australian Open 2011: Kim Clijsters says 2011 could be her last year on WTA tour
Kim Clijsters is hoping to end Li Na’s history-making run at the Australian Open on Saturday in what could be her last match in Melbourne.

Clijsters admitted that this was likely to be her final full season on the WTA Tour, “I know this is probably going to be my last full season on the tour"

Australian Open 2012: Kim relishes last Aussie waltz: Defending champion Kim Clijsters says this is her last Australian Open and given that the Belgian is about as straight forward a person as they come, you have to believe her.
;)

Soliloque
May 24th, 2012, 10:08 PM
That's what I thought. First, it was not to the crowd. And second, in 2011, she said that it was probably her last full season on tour but was adding that she would play until London 2012. She told the AO crowd that it was her last AO twice.

Fantasy Hero
May 24th, 2012, 10:11 PM
That's what I thought. First, it was not to the crowd. And second, in 2011, she said that it was probably her last full season on tour but was adding that she would play until London 2012. She told the AO crowd that it was her last AO twice.

wow that makes her really trustworthy :eek:

Soliloque
May 24th, 2012, 10:17 PM
wow that makes her really trustworthy :eek:

Indeed. The first announcement was followed by her first retirement and the second will be followed by her final retirement.

Seems like some people are able to say the truth. I understand that it might surprise you.

Babolatpro880
May 24th, 2012, 10:21 PM
It doesn't matter how or what she said. The point remains that her retirement announcements remain quite dubious and it seems like she hasn't really made her mind up, and will see how she feels when the time comes. Not that it's a bad thing, just saying that I wouldn't put a bet on her not being at next year's AO. Especially if she wins USO.

It apparently mattered before you were wrong.

Soliloque
May 24th, 2012, 10:50 PM
wow that makes her really trustworthy :eek:

Plus Ahmed chose me. Get over it.

FerrerFan123
May 24th, 2012, 10:53 PM
Plus Ahmed chose me. Get over it.

:hearts:

allhailwilliams
May 25th, 2012, 02:26 AM
Very overrated player. She's lucky she won those slams.

InsideOut.
May 25th, 2012, 02:33 AM
Expected. Now either Marion or Zvonareva will end her career, as is their custom. :cheer:

danieln1
May 25th, 2012, 04:15 AM
Very overrated player. She's lucky she won those slams.

Yeah, very lucky, could be the most overachiever of all time.

4 slams is just too much, she's not even in Hingis league, so if she somehow manages to bullshit her way to another slam they would have the same number, and Hingis is miles ahead in terms of talent, I'm still shocked that she passed Lindsay's number.

Brad[le]y.
May 25th, 2012, 04:33 AM
Yeah, very lucky, could be the most overachiever of all time.

4 slams is just too much, she's not even in Hingis league, so if she somehow manages to bullshit her way to another slam they would have the same number, and Hingis is miles ahead in terms of talent, I'm still shocked that she passed Lindsay's number.

you must be discounting all of Martina and Lindsay's Legend's Doubles titles :cool:

Smitten
May 25th, 2012, 08:02 AM
That's what I thought. First, it was not to the crowd. And second, in 2011, she said that it was probably her last full season on tour but was adding that she would play until London 2012. She told the AO crowd that it was her last AO twice.

http://i.imgur.com/wcjPo.gif?1

Fantasy Hero
May 25th, 2012, 08:07 AM
Indeed. The first announcement was followed by her first retirement and the second will be followed by her final retirement.

Seems like some people are able to say the truth. I understand that it might surprise you.
basically if you say "this will be my last time here" and you come back, even years later, you just didn't keep faith to your words :shrug:

coming from you it's pretty surprising indeed :D
Plus Ahmed chose me. Get over it.

if that makes you feel better i won't disenchant you :)