Kim Clijsters and Petra Kvitova out of the 2011 Mercury Open
Tennis, Petra Kvitova

2011 Mercury Open will be missing two big names

7/25/11 in Tennis   |   GabrielGray   |   44 respect

An official statement from the organizers of the Mercury Insurance Open has confirmed that both Kim Clijsters and Petra Kivtova would play no part in the tournament. Both the players have pulled out owing to injury concerns with Kim nursing an ankle concerns while Petra has pulled an abdominal muscle.

The reigning Australian Open winner Kim Clijsters suffered the ankle concern while playing UNICEF Open in Hertogenbosch. This led her to play no part in Wimbledon in the coming week. That was a huge blow for Clijsters, who was looking forward to test herself in Wimbledon. However, the player has claimed that she now wants to recover in time for the third and final Grand Slam of the year- The US Open.

Clijsters is known for her lightening pace serves and mobility, which enables her to give a tough time to the strongest of opponents.

For World Number 7, Kvitova, the injury came while facing Tsvetana Pironkova in the Wimbledon quarter final this season. It is expected that Kvitova would be able to recover in time for the US Open and is working hard to regain full fitness.  

 “I am sorry I am unable to play in the Mercury Insurance Open this year but I’m still recovering from an injury that happened at Wimbledon. Best wishes for a great tournament and I hope to be in Carlsbad next year,” stated the World Number 7.

Fans are disappointed with not having two big names at the tournament. However, program director Raquel Giscafre has given assurance to the fans, stating that some top players in Tennis would arrive for the tournament. These include Vera Zvonareva, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Ana Ivanovic, Maria Kirilenko, Flavia Pennetta, Daniela Hantuchova, Dominika Cibulkova among others. The director added that top German tennis players Andrea Petkovic, Julia Goerges and Sabine Lisicki would also be present.

The Mercury Open is a top Tennis tournament held every year and is usually played on outdoor hard Courts. The prize money amounts up to $721,000 and the tournament features 56 singles players and 16 doubles teams. Some serious tennis is played in the event and some of the top players in the World have played this tournament.  

The event is not limited to tennis, as the directors have installed various events for some quality family time. These include the kids day, Celebrate our heroes, Latin night and Ladies day.  


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