Monday, September 14, 2009

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.

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Blogger MojoMom said...

Check out the rest of the slideshow of Josh Haner's photos of Kim Clijsters' victory. I love picture #11 even more!

9:29 AM  
Blogger natthedem said...

Certainly I respect what Clijsters has done, but Candace Parker's story is far more remarkable, IMO.

She had her daughter on May 13 and by July 5 was back on the court...and performing at MVP level in short order.

10:13 AM  
Blogger MojoMom said...

Thanks for that. I didn't know about Candace Parker's story as a WNBA player. I was also remiss in not giving Olympic swimmer Dara Torres a shout-out as well.

Here's a good SI piece that gives credit to these other "mothers kicking butt and taking names in the sporting arena."

10:19 AM  
Anonymous jerilyn said...

very nice post - inspirational! I'm loving the podcast too!

2:44 PM  
Blogger PunditMom said...

I LOVE that photo!

2:47 PM  

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