It’s crazy to think that Caroline Wozniacki has been playing professional tennis for the last 14 years. The Dane has been a dominant force on tour ever since turning pro, but unfortunately all good things must come to an end. The former World No. 1 announced today that she will retire after the 2020 Australian Open this coming January.
Wozniacki posted a detailed description on why she made this decision.
We’re going to miss her so much!
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I’ve played professionally since I was 15 years old. In that time I’ve experienced an amazing first chapter of my life. With 30 WTA singles titles, a world #1 ranking for 71 weeks, a WTA Finals victory, 3 Olympics, including carrying the flag for my native Denmark, and winning the 2018 Australian Open Grand slam championship, I’ve accomplished everything I could ever dream of on the court. 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. In recent months, I’ve realized that there is a lot more in life that I’d like to accomplish off the court. Getting married to David was one of those goals and starting a family with him while continuing to travel the world and helping raise awareness about rheumatoid arthritis (project upcoming) are all passions of mine moving forward. So with that, today I am announcing that I will be retiring from professional tennis after the Australian Open in January. This has nothing to do with my health and this isn’t a goodbye, I look forward to sharing my exciting journey ahead with all of you! Finally, I want to thank with all my heart, the fans, my friends, my sponsors, my team, especially my father as my coach, my husband, and my family for decades of support! Without all of you I could have never have done this!
Wozniacki’s former junior rival (and rival in the pros later on!) Alize Cornet was one of many players to congratulate Caroline on an amazing career!
I remember the first time we played each other for 3 and a half hours when we were 11, I can't believe how time has flyed, and how an amazing champion you've became. Congrats to you and your dad for this unbelievable career Caroline 👏👏👏 ! All the best 😘😘 https://t.co/9Cda8zUPHZ pic.twitter.com/IPyks4JCE9
— Alize Cornet (@alizecornet) December 6, 2019
The WTA put an amazing video together to honour the 2018 Australian Open champion.
.@CaroWozniacki has called time on her career.
📺Look back on her best moments 🤩 pic.twitter.com/aGISLnievl
— WTA (@WTA) December 6, 2019
Everyone knows Bianca Andreescu had an absolutely historic year on court in 2019. What they may not know is the US Open champion is also making a major impact off court as well.
After starting the year rehabbing a back injury, Vasek Pospisil made some serious noise at the tail-end of the season. We’re certain this was a preview of what’s to come in 2020!
What a wild year on and off the court. Leaving the 2019 season with a new perspective & renewed love for the game. Big thank you to my fans, family, and my team. And to my latest sponsors @Huawei_Canada and #Soroc for their support and friendship. Excited for what's to come 😎 pic.twitter.com/gkR30J4wqH
— Vasek Pospisil (@VasekPospisil) December 3, 2019
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