What bee got under the bonnet of Kim Clijsters?

After building a pleasant family life with retired basketball player Brian Lynch and their three children, she decided to return to the circuit in 2020. Quite simply for the love of tennis! Kim Clijsters, the daughter of a football player, started out at 6 years old. Things went very quickly for the Belgian, whose face is just as smiling as her fellow countrywoman Hénin's is closed. At 16, she won her first tournament. She played her first final – a memorable loss – against Capriati at Roland-Garros when she was 18. It must be said that Clijsters brings an arsenal of skills to the court: her game is very well rounded, spectacular even. She takes the match as it comes with her implacable defence and impressive court coverage. After becoming world number one in 2003, she earned the first of her four Grand Slam titles at the U.S. Open in 2005. But she stunned the world in 2007: at age 23, Clijsters ended it all, taking time to give birth to her oldest daughter. She returned in 2009 with, among others, a second triumph at the U.S. Open. Unbelievably, Clijsters climbed back to the top of the world rankings as a mother ‒ a first! Two more major titles followed in New York in 2010, then Melbourne in 2011. So, regardless of what her second comeback has in store, Clijsters, who had always been a favourite on the tour, has nothing left to prove!

Current projects

Return to competition in 2020







Higher ranking


WTA Singles, 11/08/2003

grand slam


  • Australian Open (1): 2011
  • U.S. Open (3): 2005, 2009, 2010


  • Australian Open (1): 2004
  • Roland-Garros (2): 2001, 2003
  • U.S. Open (1): 2003



  • Masters (3): 2002, 2003, 2010
  • Fed Cup (1): 2001