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Kim Clijsters Starts New Role as Tournament Director

Former No. 1 Kim Clijsters will begin a new role in her busy life after retiring from pro tennis - tournament director.

The four-time Grand Slam champion will oversee the return of the BNP Paribas Fortis Diamond Games in Antwerp, Belgium. The WTA Premier-level indoor event will make its return next year on February 9th.

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The event originally ran from 2002 to 2009 in the same city.

One of the unique features of the event is that any player who wins the title twice in three years receives a special gold and diamond tennis trophy vauled at $1.5 million dollars.

"Believe me, that makes this tournament particularly attractive for the female tennis players!" Clijsters said about the special trophy. "Our first goal is to set up the strongest possible competition, including some of the biggest stars in tennis and several players from the Top 20.

Only Amelie Mauresmo of France achieved winning the special trophy in 2005 to 2007 during the tournament's first run.

Clijsters retired from tennis in 2012 at the US Open. In 2013, she gave birth to her second child, Jack.

(Photo Credit: Belga)

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