Australian Open swansong for Wozniacki
Ex-world number one Caroline Wozniacki has sprung a surprise by confirming she'll retire from tennis after the 2020 Australian Open.
The 29-year-old says she has decided to walk away from the sport she loves in order to pursue a new challenge, playing down health concerns, and will bring the curtain down on her career in Melbourne, the place of her only Grand Slam win.
The Dane spent a combined 71 weeks at the top of the WTA world rankings but had struggled to get over the line at the Slams, losing in two US Open finals before her success Down Under in 2018.
Her Australian Open final triumph over Simona Halep remains her career highlight. However, she also won 29 other titles at tour level and will hope to add to her tally at the first Slam of next year, which gets underway on January 20.
Confirming her retirement plans via her Instagram, Wozniacki wrote: "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!"
Chris Rivers is an experienced reporter who closely follows both Arsenal and Wales Rugby Union team. As well as in-depth football and rugby knowledge, Chris is an avid American Football, Formula One and boxing fan.