Former Wimbledon doubles champion Barbora Strycova has confirmed her retirement, although she plans to play one last match.
The Czech ace had a brilliant Wimbledon championships in 2019, reaching the semi-finals in the singles before winning the women’s doubles alongside Hsieh Su-wei. Since Wimbledon had to be cancelled last year, that means she remains a reigning champion at the time of writing.
That victory saw her surge to the world number one ranking in doubles, and her career appeared to be getting a serious resurgence as a result.
However, the Covid pandemic saw that never really materialised, and in March she revealed she was expecting her first child.
And, as a result, the 35-year-old has decided to end her tennis career – although she still wants one final goodbye once fans are allowed to pack out arenas again.
“As you might have heard, I announced my retirement from professional tennis today,” Strycova said on Twitter.
“It feels weird. Until now, tennis was the only world I knew. I have always had enormous love for this amazing sport.
“Even through all the pain, tears, renunciation and sweat, all the great moments and victories were worth it.
“I never planned to end my career during a pandemic. However, some moments in life just can’t be planned and I am super excited for my next role as a mom.
“It doesn’t mean I will accept that fact that I didn’t play my last match in front of an audience.
“Once it’s possible, I will play one last match… in front of you, to say a proper goodbye.
“Thank you for all your support through my career and see you later.”
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