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post #1 of 61 (permalink) Old Dec 8th, 2004, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone, it has been a while since we talked about tennis here but I've got more bad news ( i read in GM believe it or not). I didn't know whether to put it in the injury thread or not. I just hope that by starting a 2005 season thread it will send positive vibes to her wrist to heal well.
So the news is: No AO for Kim.

http://foxsports.news.com.au/story/0...-23209,00.html

Clijsters to stay home
By Leo Schlink
December 9, 2004

THERE will be no awkward Kim Clijsters moments for Lleyton Hewitt at next month's centenary Australian Open after the Belgian former world No. 1 opted not to enter the tournament.

Clijsters' season has been devastated by a chronic wrist injury and, after consultation with doctors and physiotherapists, she joined former Australian Jelena Dokic in bypassing the January 17-30 championship.

Clijsters and Hewitt called off their engagement in October. The high-profile pair would have contested events in Sydney and Melbourne had Clijsters been fit.

But Open chief executive Paul McNamee, delighted at the quality of both the men's and women's fields, had suspected Clijsters and Dokic might be unavailable.

"Kim's wrist obviously isn't going to be rehabilitated in time for the the first grand slam of the new season," McNamee said.

"We wish her all the best at what must be a difficult time and hope to see her fit and back playing on the tour again in 2005."

Dokic has not played the Australian Open since 2001, when she lost in the first round after her father, Damir, accused officials of rigging the draw. She renounced her Australian citizenship soon after.

In any event, Dokic would have required a wildcard to contest the 2005 championships because her ranking has crumbled from 15th at the end of last season to 127th.

Apart from Brazil's triple French Open winner Gustavo Kuerten (hip operation), most leading players will travel to Melbourne Park.

The impressive depth of the field, however, carries worrying connotations for Australian tennis -- and leaves Mark Philippoussis the ninth player in line outside direct entry to the main draw.

The men's cut-off is 102. Philippoussis is ranked 109th, but he has already been guaranteed a wildcard.

However, Open officials would prefer to have Philippoussis contesting the event on his own merits and use the card elsewhere.

Three Australian women are direct entrants - No. 13 Alicia Molik, Sam Stosur and Nicole Pratt - while rejuvenated Evie Dominikovic has won a wildcard for strong performances on the Uncle Toby's Futures circuit.

Three Australian men earned entry on their rankings, led by world No. 3 Lleyton Hewitt, Draper and Wayne Arthurs, who is the last direct entrant at this stage at 102nd.

Defending champions Justine Henin-Hardenne and Roger Federer have entered along with fellow grand slam stars Maria Sharapova, Anastasia Myskina, Svetlana Kuznetsova, four-time winner Andre Agassi, Marat Safin and Andy Roddick.

Clijsters hinted on Monday she would not venture to Australia this summer.

"My wrist still calls for a lot of attention and care, and I can use my time to spend it well,"' Clijsters said.

"My wrist still is a crucial part of my everyday life - loads of physio and recovery exercises."

Clijsters was able to contest only one major this year - the Australian Open, where she reached the final.

Her season has been ruined by the wrist injury, restricting her to just 22 matches - 20 of which were wins.

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but I hope she doesn't come back until her wrist is 100%.

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well, if this is true (still wanna wait for the official statement ), it's really sad, but somehow expected, and maybe better...
it's better to wait a bit longer I think, and only come back in Antwerp, make sure the injury is properly healed...
tho, I would have loved to see Kim back in January already!

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Sad news obviously, but I'm glad she has decided to wait. I think a comeback at AO would've been too soon. However long it takes Kim everyone wishes you the best and fullest recovery.
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As long as she comes back to kick the butts off all her opponants I honestly don't care how long it takes !! I just hope she'll do well and make sure her wrist is completely healed when she comes back. Last year she won 20 of her 22 matches and I hope she can come up with a similar result this year only with more matches being played and maybe a grand slam titel in hand too!! Did anybody hear that Hingis might come back to play tennis again next year?
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you're too right, Raeesa! She takes her time and come back strong

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the last few months have just gone from bad to horrible, ooh she's like the only player i go to see at the open! i hate this
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Even though this might end up being true, I think at this point in time its just conjecture. They've based this on quotes from Kim's website, methinks.

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Even though this might end up being true, I think at this point in time its just conjecture. They've based this on quotes from Kim's website, methinks.
I know I have doubts as well , but I read this and found the article so I just thought I'ld share it with everyone

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Oh well, c'est la vie and bang goes Kim's Qantas Frequent Flyer Club Membership

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more waiting... I was realli looking forward to the Aussie Open, hopefully when her wrist is fully heal she'll come back and kick ass once more. Heal up Kimmie!

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I just read a similar message on the site of a Belgian newspaper (De Standaard),
so I guess it's true.
Well yeah....I won't have to stay up too late (or wake up too early) to watch Kim's matches during my exams.
Better if she lets her wrist heal completely....and beats EVERYONE when she returns on court. They better start getting scared...
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I was hoping she would be right for the aussie open coz its the only time I ever get to see her play (unless I stay up really late for the other grand slams) but if he wrist isn't right I wouldn't want her to risk playing on it. She did that playing fed cup so its good that she has decided to skip
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I just read a similar message on the site of a Belgian newspaper (De Standaard),
so I guess it's true.
Well yeah....I won't have to stay up too late (or wake up too early) to watch Kim's matches during my exams.
Better if she lets her wrist heal completely....and beats EVERYONE when she returns on court. They better start getting scared...
yep that's the only positive point about her not playing..the fact that i wont have to dtay up late or watch a replay of her match during the exams..
my mom will be so happy with that
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I think this would be official as McNamee is the tournament director he would know if Kim is committed or not, they have probably just taken Kim's quotes from her website because she isn't going to make an official statement about it herself or is yet to do so. If McNamee didn't know that Kim wasn't planning on playing he wouldn't have said this, they also mention the cutoff for entry into the maindraw so they McNamee would have the commitments and Kim's name mustn't be on them. It isn't surprising we knew that she was told Sydney was too soon, and AO is only one more week.

I'm happy to see she isn't pushing it and like she said on her site she is waiting till everything is healed once it is she will be back
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This article is a little different, a WTA spokesperson says they have had no indication about Kim's intentions to play or not play AO but McNamee confirms that Kim's name isn't on the entry list and that she has seen physios. There is an error in the article though where it says Kim could opt to enter via a WC at any time, Kim isn't a GE player so she can't do that if she was a GE player she could that is unless Kim has forged some special agreement with the WTA because of her injury which I highly doubt given that the WTA have no update on her injury status and well they are the WTA and they don't like helping injured players.

It is strange though that only this week Kim said she would see her doctors about it in 2 weeks time.

Australian Open Exec Says Clijsters Out

By Associated Press
Posted December 8 2004, 7:45 PM EST


MELBOURNE, Australia -- Kim Clijsters' left wrist injury will keep her out of the Australian Open, tournament chief executive Paul McNamee said Thursday.

McNamee said the Belgian's name was not on the list of entries released this week for the first Grand Slam of 2005.
"Unfortunately, Kim's injury will prevent her from coming to Melbourne," McNamee said. He added that she made her decision after consulting doctors and physiotherapists.

But because Clijsters has special status as a top player, she could decide to enter the tournament at any time using a wild card. The major starts Jan. 17.

"The tour has not gotten any notification about whether Kim is going to play or not play," WTA spokesman Darrel Fry said.

Clijsters, the 2004 Australian Open runner-up, was limited to just 22 matches this season because of the bad wrist. She's right-handed but uses a two-fisted backhand and had surgery in June.

McNamee also said that Jelena Dokic will skip the Australian Open. Dokic has not played in the event since 2001, when she lost in the first round after her father accused officials of fixing the draw. She renounced her Australian citizenship soon after.
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