One of tennis’ biggest stars, Caroline Wozniacki boasts a Grand Slam title, a top 40 ranking, and a former No. 1 title on her resume. Unfortunately, it would appear that she is ready to hang up her racket.
Taking to Twitter on Friday, Wozniacki announced that she will be retiring from tennis at the conclusion of January’s Australian Open. She added that her health did not factor into the decision.
“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 with all of you!”
Wozniacki explained that she intends to focus on building a family with her husband and continuing her advocacy work for rheumatoid arthritis.
Big announcement! pic.twitter.com/gkA0CrMzdo
— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) December 6, 2019
The 29-year-old Wozniacki was only a teenager when she began climbing the tennis ranks. At the age of 19, she made it all the way to the Finals of the 2009 US Open, losing to Kim Clijsters.
Over the next few years, Wozniacki would make another US Open Finals and two Quarterfinal appearances at the French Open.
Between 2010 and 2018, she spent 71 weeks ranked No. 1 in the world. Only Serena Williams had a longer stint at that spot in the last decade.
But she finally reached the top of the mountain in 2018, when she topped Simona Halep to claim the Australian Open.
Happy retirement and best of luck, Caroline!