Kim Clijsters, Comeback Mom of the Decade!
I am so inspired by Kim Clijsters and her remarkable comeback run to win her second U. S. Open tennis title. After retiring two and a half years ago, she's not only bounced back from injuries and burnout, she's the mother of an adorable toddler. She's the first Mom to claim a major tennis title since Evonne Goolagong won at Wimbeldon way back in 1980. During the tournament's rain delays, they replayed parts of Clijsters' 1999 match with Serena Williams, and it was evident that with her comeback, Clijsters is now playing better than ever.
I had to post this photo, because it's amazing, and also because it was taken by one of my former high school students, Josh Haner, who now works for The New York Times. I am proud of his stellar career...and more than a little jealous that he got to cover the tennis finals. But thanks to him we now have this indelible image to mark Kim Clijsters' victory.
Whether you are a tennis player or not, it's worth thinking about how Kim Clijsters' unconventional and highly successful comeback can inspire us all.