Despite the uncertainty in the professional schedule, due to COVID-19, the Four-time Grand Slam winner, Kim Clijsters said, she is all-set and determined to revive her professional comeback, in the World Team Tennis (WTT) tournament starting Sunday.
As World TeamTennis (WTT) comeback rolling, with its three-week regular season on Sunday which is being held at the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia, former world number one Clijsters and 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens are among the big names making up for headlines.
After being nearly 8 years away from the court, Clijsters’ 2020 comeback was put on hold in March due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but she told the reporters on Wednesday that this discontinuity shall not dwindle her desire to be on the court.
“The most important lesson for me is to just kind of trust the process,” said Clijsters, who lost in the first round of the Monterrey Open, four months ago to Briton Johanna Konta.
Clijsters who spent part of the coronavirus hiatus in New Jersey and part in her native Belgium, said, “It doesn’t mean because COVID happened that I’m not interested in playing more tennis.”
“There are some challenges combining parenting at home and teaching the kids at home and still going to practice and things like that, so it was challenging but at the same time you get through that together,” the 37-year old also said.
The competition is starting off after a few of top players, Novak Djokovic, tested positive for COVID-19 after the second leg of the Adria Tour in Croatia.
WTT has said that they will be taking several precautions to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure, with all the players and staff to be self-quarantined for two weeks in the United States.
According to the sources, no more than 500 fans will be allowed at the Greenbrier’s 2,500-seat stadium, and preventive measures to be followed such as wearing masks and undergoing temperature checks.
“I feel like I can protect myself the best I can,” 27-year-old Stephens told reporters. “I can protect others by following what the protocols are and the guidelines and just make sure that I’m following all the rules so I don’t harm anyone else or myself.”