Wozniacki to say goodbye to tennis next month

AFP
December 07, 2019

PARIS: Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki announced on Friday that she will retire from tennis after the Australian Open.The 29-year-old Dane won her only Grand Slam singles title in...

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PARIS: Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki announced on Friday that she will retire from tennis after the Australian Open.

The 29-year-old Dane won her only Grand Slam singles title in Melbourne last year in her third major final. “I’ve accomplished everything I could ever dream of on the court,” she said in an Instagram post.

“I’ve always told myself, when the time comes, that there are things away from tennis that I want to do more, then it’s time to be done.”

Wozniacki, who turned professional at the age of 15 in 2005, spent 71 weeks at the top of the WTA rankings after first becoming the world’s best player in October 2010.

She has won 30 WTA titles so far in her career, including the 2017 Tour Finals in Singapore. Wozniacki, who finished 11 straight seasons in the world top 20, is currently ranked 37th after struggling with injuries and poor form in 2019, reaching only one final.

She said she wanted to focus on family life with her hus­band and former NBA cham­pion David Lee, as well as raising awareness of the auto-immune disease she suffers from, rheumatoid arthritis. “In recent months I’ve realised that there is a lot more in life that I’d like to accomplish off the court,” added Woz­niacki. “This has nothing to do with my health.”

Wozniacki will end her career with appearances in the WTA event in Auckland and the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, which gets underway on January 14.



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