Kim Clijsters has withdrawn from the French Open due to a nagging injury, in a bid to be fit for the Olympics and Wimbledon. Picture: AP Source: AP
KIM Clijsters will skip the French Open and claycourt season to focus on preparing for the Olympics and Wimbledon.
The Belgian is recovering much slower than expected after tearing a hip muscle during the Sony Ericsson Open in Florida last month. She will only resume training in three weeks' time.
Clijsters said yesterday that "my current physical condition does not allow me to be ready for Roland Garros."
In her farewell season, Clijsters has always nominated the London Olympics as her highlight and will now open her grasscourt campaign at the Rosmalen tournament in the Netherlands starting June 17, one week before Wimbledon.
Tennis at the London Games at Wimbledon starts July 28.