Bangkok Post: US Open champion Kim Clijsters will learn some meditation and Thai cooking during her visit to Hua Hin where she will meet Caroline Wozniacki in an exhibition match on New Year’s Day.
The 84 World Tennis Invitation will be held at the Intercontinentatl Hua Hin Resort and is part of the celebrations of His Majesty the King’s 84th birthday.
In an interview with the organisers, Clijsters said this would be her first visit to Thailand and she wanted to learn about Thai culture.
“I am looking forward to it. An exhibition game gives us a little more opportunity to enjoy the country or city where you are,” said the Belgian.
“I really like to know more about your culture and I’m interested in the spiritual way of life. There is a meditation session scheduled with some monks.”
The world’s third-ranked player added: “Elephant riding is another thing I would like to experience.
“Cooking is one of my favourite activities when I’m at home and I love Asian spices and ingredients.”
She said the exhibition match would be part of her preparations for next month’s Australian Open.
The three-time US Open champion said she wanted to win one Grand Slam or more next year, particularly Wimbledon.
“My father used to be a football player so grass is the ultimate surface in his eyes,” she said.
The other match of the exhibition features American twins Bob and Mike Bryan against Thai twins Sonchat and Sanchai Ratiwatana.
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