Kim Clijsters...what the heck?

spadesss

Semi-Pro
tennis or wedding?
tough call!?!?
like she can't delay it for one more year and play full time in 2007.
i hate to bash a nice person but she is asking for it.
seems like she is another person sho wasted her talent.
1 slam and done.
at least now won't hear people compare to to 1H. or see her name get on the injury list and withdraw from tournament.
wish her luck on her wedding and her future, which i am sure won't have anything to do with tennis.
i say she is one of the most talented player to walk away with so little in a weak womens field. she could have won like at least 4 or 6 slams easily.
too bad. she did won a lot of $$$ and other titles but one slam? come on.
 

jjames

Banned
don't wanna critcize her? ok' i will.

how bout stupidity. giving up her career to get married, be a suger momma, and have a bunch of crying kids. most marriages fail anyway, especially amongs sugar mommas. she could easily wait 5 years. she has plenty of time for marriage and kids after 30.

how bout selfishness and a lack of dedication toward the game that made her a lot of money, as well as her fans.
 
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I think she's more concerned that she won't be able to walk when she's 40. She realizes her body is giving out with all the constant pounding. A lot of athletes say they wish they'd left whatever sport they were in earlier. Yes, she's young, but maybe she wants to be a 'young' mom.
 

BiGGieStuFF

Hall of Fame
Why so hard on someone who wants to start a family? I respect her for her decision. It's easy for a male pro to have a sports career and start a family. For a woman they basically have to put their whole career on hold to do so. I'm not sure if she plans on having kids but generally speaking the longer a woman waits to have children the more complications she may go through.
 

spadesss

Semi-Pro
I think she's more concerned that she won't be able to walk when she's 40. She realizes her body is giving out with all the constant pounding. A lot of athletes say they wish they'd left whatever sport they were in earlier. Yes, she's young, but maybe she wants to be a 'young' mom.
she should have just quit there and then instead of dragging this out like a celion deion goodbye tour or something that is advertise on tv! a bunch of crap.
how many tennis pros have problem walking or doing everyday activities after they retired? if this was american football or some other physical contact sport i can see.
 

spadesss

Semi-Pro
i would rather pay to see someone who give a damn and lose in the 1st round then her to make it to the finals and then lose, again!
 

MasterTS

Professional
She's a top elite athelete and something only lil girls can dream. She's taken her talent for granted and so this is a true waste. Put her in one of tops top 100 girls or the girls that are barely qualifying for events and they'll kill to have her skills.
 

tintin

Professional
well the woman has had many surgeries to keep up with
it's easy for people to bash her,not having to be in her skin and feel her pain,mentally and physically
none of us are the ones suffering when she gets injured so it easy to yapp about her decision:mad:
has to have surgeries
rehab and get back to training and competing to stay at the level she's been for years now
every pro player have fears when they go under the knives in fear of ending their careers.
I'll remind anyone of Davenport playing with a bad back and looking out of sorts on the courts
I mean I understand frustration towards her decision to quit at such a young age(and trust me as a fan of Clijsters I'm sad) but bash her because she wants to get married,have a family of her own and walk away from the game she's played since she was 4,won a slam,been a finalist 5 times,is rich and a great ambassador of the game because of her personality and how she is on and off the court
give me a break:mad:
well I'll be watching everyone of her match until the last one and I wish her nothing but love and happiness with her man,family :D
and say thank you for the many years of great tennis:-D
 
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Kaptain Karl

Hall Of Fame
Good luck and best wishes to Kim. She has been a delightful competitor and fun to root for.

[size=-2]Ease up, spadesss. It's her life.[/size]

- KK
 

spadesss

Semi-Pro
Good luck and best wishes to Kim. She has been a delightful competitor and fun to root for.

[size=-2]Ease up, spadesss. It's her life.[/size]

- KK
KK, i am very kool at the moment. if anything, tennis wise, i feel bad for her. walking away with only 1 slam. if i were to really bash someone, it would be a williams! i think we can all agree on that one.
 

mentalcase

Semi-Pro
There in nothing wrong with her wanting to retire and start a family.

However, the least she could do is act like she still cares about winning, until the actual retirement. I was really embarrassed for her during her AO semi and she's not going to play the FO and she might miss the USO, the only slam she's won. She should want to go out with a BANG not a whimper...really pathetic.
 

idj49

Semi-Pro
I don't get why people call other people selfish for leading the lives the way they want. She's a professional tennis player yes, she's fun to watch yes. But she doesn't owe anyone. If she decided to play 1 tournament for the rest of the year that is her right. If she wants to "waste" her talents that her right. I don't know when it became ok to dictate how others live. I say worry about your own lives and the rest of the world will take care of itself.
 

THUNDERVOLLEY

G.O.A.T.
I don't get why people call other people selfish for leading the lives the way they want. She's a professional tennis player yes, she's fun to watch yes. But she doesn't owe anyone. If she decided to play 1 tournament for the rest of the year that is her right. If she wants to "waste" her talents that her right. I don't know when it became ok to dictate how others live. I say worry about your own lives and the rest of the world will take care of itself.
Pretty much a true statement, but from certain fans' POV, her career never meant too much to her, so running off for the domestic life is no real shock. Let's face it: of her specific generation and assumed status as a top talent, she has to be THE underachiever, with no considerable, or even memorable talent, hence her lone GS. This is why I find any talk of her ever making the HoF a bad joke.
 

Fee

Legend
Kim Clijsters doesn't owe anything to anyone on this board. It is her life and she has the right to do as she chooses with it. I do not know the amount of pain she is in, or the risk she feels she is taking every time she steps on court. She was out for a very long time with her injured wrist, then injured it again just days after she came back. I cannot imagine what that was like for her.

If she wants to try to play a few more tournaments this year, that is her choice. At least she is being very upfront about it and not withdrawing from events at the last minute (and she has said for a few years now that she would leave tennis early because she wanted to start a family before she was 30). Some people here criticised Lindsay for leaving so suddenly, now some are criticising Kim for hanging around. Fun times.
 

jjames

Banned
Kim Clijsters doesn't owe anything to anyone on this board. It is her life and she has the right to do as she chooses with it.

american woman speaks. no obligations to anyone but herself.

kim should of just retired after the ao.
 
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Fee

Legend
huh? Where did I say Kim has no obligations? And what does where I live have to do with anything? (by the way, it's 'should have' not 'should of').
 

nomalt

New User
I'm not sure why KC is getting all this flak....I don't know about you guys, but I would retire this very second if that was an option for me!
 

hoosierbr

Hall of Fame
Kim has certainly earned the right to do whatever she wants but I think the flak she's getting comes from her decision to have a truncated farewell tour and then show up to tournaments and not really give a damn. She lost early in Miami today as well.

If she's calling it quits for good then why not give it everything? Otherwise what's the point? Is she wants to come to the tournaments to say goodbye to all her friends she doesn't need to be in the draw to do that.

The only thing I'll hold against her is her fence-sitting on whether or not to play the Open. Woman, it's the one slam you won and just about everyone in the stands was willing to you victory that day. At least have the courtesy to show up and give it run.
 

christos_liaskos

Professional
To not put any effort or show any desire to win just seems like she is wasting hers and everyone elses time by entering tournaments just for the sake of it. I do not however, believe she owes anyone anything either, in terms of playing her career out until she is 30 or so. If she wants to retire thats fine, its just not a decision I agree with but its her life and her choice.

If I were her, I would definitely think I would want to play the USO. As everyone knows, thats her only Slam win, I would have thought she would schedule her whole year around it. It should be one of the most memorable places of her life, never mind tennis tournaments. To not want to give 110% there one last time seems very strange. So manu players name their favourite tournament as the one where thay had there first major win, yet Kim doesnt seem too bothered.

Also, Kim is clearly very talented and will leave the game a massive under achiever. As things are now, I am not too bothered that she is retiring, as I said its her life. If however, she was inducted into the Hall of Fame at some stage, that would really make me angry. She may have massive talent but she is clearly not devoted to the game and is not worthy of being inducted.
 

TheTruth

G.O.A.T.
Of course Kim can do whatever she wants, but she does seem to be taking it all too lightly. If you're not coming out there to compete, stay at home. There's no reason that she should be taking a spot from someone who will come out there, show respect for the fans and the game. Maybe she doesn't need the money, but there are plenty of hopefuls waiting in the wings who could use the experience and the moolah. I think it is selfish for her to take a spot when she obviously is too preoccupied to properly compete!
 

spadesss

Semi-Pro
Of course Kim can do whatever she wants, but she does seem to be taking it all too lightly. If you're not coming out there to compete, stay at home. There's no reason that she should be taking a spot from someone who will come out there, show respect for the fans and the game. Maybe she doesn't need the money, but there are plenty of hopefuls waiting in the wings who could use the experience and the moolah. I think it is selfish for her to take a spot when she obviously is too preoccupied to properly compete!
There you go, "TheTruth" has spoken!!!
Does anyone think she is tanking now to players so she can go and make updates to her wedding?
For those for have been involved in a wedding, you know how things do change, will change, and what the bride to be must do....drop everything at once and tend to it.
I think that is what she did in the match with Na Li.
Did she forget to send out invitations?
Did she have to order a bigger size cake?
Did she want to change the style of flowers?
Did she want to not invite Spadesss anmore?
Damn...so many tasks to manage.
tick.tick..tick...
 

roysid

Hall of Fame
I don't think she has the burning desire anymore to win a slam. Though she has done pretty good for herself, she was very unlucky to lose out so many Slam wins. Most of the time her tormentor Henin stops her in GSs.
 

Phil

Hall of Fame
KK, i am very kool at the moment. if anything, tennis wise, i feel bad for her. walking away with only 1 slam. if i were to really bash someone, it would be a williams! i think we can all agree on that one.
These are the kind of sad, sunlight-deprived, small-peckered "fans" that the sport doesn't need. As KK said, lighten up. Haven't you got anything better to do than bash someone who's left a good part of herself on the court? She gave quite a bit to the sport and doesn't owe YOU a thing, you mental case.
 

janipyt05

Professional
Off course she owes us payer who watched her something. One pays to go and see a good match with someone who wants to try, her half ass attitude is just not needed, instead of leaving while people still like you she leaves a sour taste in her fan’s mouth and perplexed looks from other's. If she wants to get married and have kids I congratulate her on happiness but do it right, how flipping hard can that be. She knew her planning would cut into her year she should have quit end of last year, she really is taking the place of someone who would gladly perform as though they really want to be there, and that does not make someone a mental case for having an opinion.
 

Warriorroger

Hall of Fame
Kim Clijsters doesn't owe anything to anyone on this board. It is her life and she has the right to do as she chooses with it. I do not know the amount of pain she is in, or the risk she feels she is taking every time she steps on court. She was out for a very long time with her injured wrist, then injured it again just days after she came back. I cannot imagine what that was like for her.

If she wants to try to play a few more tournaments this year, that is her choice. At least she is being very upfront about it and not withdrawing from events at the last minute (and she has said for a few years now that she would leave tennis early because she wanted to start a family before she was 30). Some people here criticised Lindsay for leaving so suddenly, now some are criticising Kim for hanging around. Fun times.
Agree with everything you say, but I have to say I get tired of hearing about her statements everyday. She makes tons of money and every interview she does is about the same ole thing. It's not like a legend is retiring or so.
 

spadesss

Semi-Pro
These are the kind of sad, sunlight-deprived, small-peckered "fans" that the sport doesn't need. As KK said, lighten up. Haven't you got anything better to do than bash someone who's left a good part of herself on the court? She gave quite a bit to the sport and doesn't owe YOU a thing, you mental case.
who is going to tell ESPN and other sports agencies that we no longer have the right to bash people. bashing people nicely or in a mean way makes up more than half the stories out there. its part of the game. fans, players bash and media bash. i just want to keep it civilized! no game calling or making fun of her.
plain and simple,i just feel that if kim doesn't want to play & she give just drop tennis this second instead of playing half committed.
 

illkhiboy

Hall of Fame
I agree with Fee and anyone else who said she has a right to choose for herself.

Besides, she is pretty much living a dream. A professional tennis player, a Grand Slam title, lots of money as a top player...now getting to settle down comfortably, having kids before 30..not everybody all of what they want.

Kim can lay her raquet down and be proud of her accomplishments. It's sad that she is leaving, but it's great that she knows what she wants and is pursuing that.
 
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