Julia Goerges has announced she has retired from tennis at the age of 31, saying 'the moment to say goodbye has come.'
The German was a hugely popular figure on the WTA Tour and a former top ten player at her peak, as well as reaching the semi-finals of Wimbledon in 2018.
She, though, revealed she decided to hang up her racket in an emotional post via her social media channels.
"You have given me so many different types of emotions throughout our journey and I am very thankful for everything you have shown and taught me." Julia Goerges said.
"I learnt how to deal with the toughest losses but also enjoy the most amazing wins of my career, to fight back many times when I was struggling with you and through it all we never lost sight of our dreams.
"I always knew how I would feel when it is time to say goodbye to you, and that moment has arrived.
"I am ready to close the tennis chapter of my life and open a new one, which I am really excited about.
"Thank you for everything you have given me. You will stay forever in my heart."
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