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WTA star announces retirement at 28, saying: 'My body has had enough'

"After a tough three year fight with injuries and four surgeries, my body had enough..."
Monica Puig - WTA star announces retirement

Former Olympic champion Monica Puig has announced her retirement from the WTA, saying her body has 'had enough.'

Puig, who is just 28 years old, has had a horrendous time with injuries over the last few years.

And, after a lengthy fight to return to the WTA Tour, she has decided that it's time to concede defeat and pursue other passions instead.

"Over the past 28 years of my life, tennis has been my constant," Puig said.

"It has given me some of the most thrilling and memorable experiences I could have ever asked for. But, sometimes, good things come to an end.

"Today, I announce my retirement from tennis. After a tough three year fight with injuries and four surgeries, my body had enough."

Monica Puig was a surprise Olympic champion at the 2016 Games in Rio as she beat Garbine Muguruza, Petra Kvitova, and Angelique Kerber to become Puerto Rico's first gold medallist.

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She also retires with a WTA title to her name, which came in Strasbourg in 2014.

She did confirm, however, that she will be remaining in tennis as a coach and broadcaster, as well as looking at other sports.

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"This decision isn’t an easy one because I would’ve loved to retire on my own terms, but sometimes life has other plans and we have to open new doors that lead to exciting possibilities.

"I would love to also announce that I will be very much active in the tennis world as a new full time member of the ESPN family, along with branching out into many other sports that I am passionate about!

"I will also be exploring consulting roles for young, up and coming tennis players, as well as with programs and academies."

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