Clijsters wouldn't have played IW if not mandated

Thursday, March 17, 2011 /by

In an e-mail from Bart Lagae, of the Belgian newspaper Nieuwsblad, to TENNIS.com's Peter Bodo, it was revealed that Kim Clijsters said the following after her retirement loss to Marion Bartoli at Indian Wells:

—“I wouldn’t have played Indian Wells if it wasn’t a mandatory event.”

—"In my situation as a mother it’s better to be number twenty then in the top ten. It’s hard to fulfill the WTA commitments.”

—"My goals in the rest of my career are winning a few more grand slams, (…) Fed Cup and Olympics.”

—"It’s very hard to travel with Jada to places like these (Indian Wells). I prefer to play closer at home (like Paris indoors) so Jada can stay in school.”

—“When I’m feeling something is not right in Miami, I won’t be embarrassed to quit the tournament. I have to be ready for Fed Cup and the clay court season.”

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