‘I’ve accomplished everything I ever dreamed of’ – Caroline Wozniacki announces shock retirement

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Caroline Wozniacki has announced her shock retirement, adding that the Australian Open will be her last tournament.

The 29-year-old Dane won her only Grand Slam title in Melbourne in 2018, but has suffered with health issues since and plummeted down the world rankings.

A few months after winning the Australian Open, she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and she struggled badly in 2019.

“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,” Wozniacki announced 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.

“In recent months, I’ve realised 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.

 

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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!

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“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 was a year-end world number one in 2010 and 2011 and was also a finalist at the US Open in 2014, losing to Serena Williams.

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