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Caroline Wozniacki, a Former Top-Ranked Tennis Player, to Retire


Caroline Wozniacki, who spent 71 weeks as the No. 1 player in the world, but did not win a Grand Slam event until the twilight of her career, will retire after the Australian Open in January, she said on Friday.

“I’ve played professionally since I was 15 years old,” she said in a statement. “I’ve accomplished everything I could ever dream of on the court.”

Wozniacki, 29, also alluded to the goal of having children with her husband, David Lee, a former player for the Knicks.

“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,” Wozniacki wrote.

Wozniacki revealed last year that she had received a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that can cause joint pain and stiffness and problems with mobility. Earlier this year, she said, “There are days I wake up and don’t feel great, and when that happens, I’m still going to go out there and do my thing, but I’m going to taper it down.” But she said Friday her decision to retire was not for reasons of health.

Though she was the world’s top ranked player in 2010-2012, and reached No. 1 again in 2018, Wozniacki won only one Grand Slam event. A victory at the 2018 Australian Open over Simona Halep finally put her among major winners.

She also made two United States Open finals and won 30 Women’s Tennis Association titles. A Dane, she carried her nation’s flag at the 2016 Olympics.

“I’ve always told myself, when the time comes, that there are things away from tennis I want to do more.”

“I wanted to finish at a time when I still felt great. I love the sport and when I leave I still want to love the sport and feel the passion for it,” Wozniacki said on “Good Morning America.”

After taking the 2018 Australian, which broke her major jinx, she said: “I think I had everything else on my résumé. No. 1, year-end championships, big tournaments, 27 titles. I basically have beaten any player that has been playing that is on tour right now. This was the only thing missing, and it means something extra even that it took a little longer, but I still made it here.”

She is currently ranked No. 37 and did not advance beyond the third round in a Grand Slam event this year.


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Caroline Wozniacki announces she's retiring from tennis at age 29


Professional tennis player Caroline Wozniacki will retire from tennis after the Australian Open in January. The former world number one announced her shocking departure from the sport on Instagram Friday. 

"I've played professionally since I was 15 years old," she wrote. "In that time I've experienced an amazing first chapter of my life...I've accomplished everything I could ever dream of on the court."

Currently ranked 37th in the world, Wozniacki's career has been full of milestones, including 30 Women's Tennis Association singles titles, 71 weeks as world number one and the opportunity to represent Denmark at three Olympic Games.

"It's obviously a decision I've thought about for a long time," she said on Good Morning America. "It's never going to be an easy decision when you've done this your whole life, but it just feels right. I'm ready for it," she added.

The 2018 Australian Open champion wants to take the time to focus on her family life. "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," she wrote. "Getting married to David was one of those goals and starting a family with him while continuing to travel the world."  The tennis champ married former NBA star David Lee earlier this year in a ceremony in Italy. Close friend Serena Williams was a bridesmaid at the nuptials. "💔💔💔 Yet ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️," Williams responded to Wozniacki's news on Instagram. 

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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!

A post shared by Caroline Wozniacki (@carowozniacki) on Dec 6, 2019 at 5:31am PST

In 2018, Wozniacki was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, though she said that her retirement "has nothing to do with my health." Since the diagnosis, the athlete dropped from the top three world rankings. 

The 29-year-old, who said that she "looks forward to sharing [her] exciting journey ahead," has already made moves off the court. This September she enrolled at Harvard Business School and she has been working on an upcoming project to continue raising awareness about rheumatoid arthritis.

Wozniacki ended her emotional statement by thanking her supporters. "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!"

Though the news may come as a surprise to many of her fans, dozens flooded her Instagram with words of support, including her brother, Patrik Wozniacki. "I'm so proud of being your brother and your biggest fan and been able to follow your whole adventure from hitting against the wall in Køge tennis club till becoming a Grand Slam champion first as a junior winning Wimbledon and later on winning the Australien Open I 2018 🏆🥇 and not to forget 71 weeks as number 1 in the world 🌎👏🏻 love you Caro ❤️," he wrote.


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Tennis: Wozniacki to retire after Australian Open


Caroline Wozniacki wearing a costume: FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Women's Singles Final - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia © Reuters/Edgar Su FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Women's Singles Final - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki said on Friday she will retire from tennis after January's Australian Open -- the venue of her sole Grand Slam triumph.

The 29-year-old, who triumphed in Melbourne last year, said her retirement had nothing to do with her health and that she wanted to accomplish more in life off the court with her husband David Lee, a professional basketball player.

The Dane had opened up about her battle with rheumatoid arthritis in October last year, saying there were days when she found it hard to get out of bed, but finished the 2018 season as the world number three.

"I've accomplished everything I could ever dream of on the court," Wozniacki wrote on Instagram. "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."

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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!

A post shared by Caroline Wozniacki (@carowozniacki) on Dec 6, 2019 at 5:31am PST

Wozniacki, who was engaged to golfer Rory McIlroy in 2014, has won 30 WTA singles titles and also represented Denmark at three Olympic Games from 2008 to 2016.

She had a barren run this year as she coped with injury problems and was unable to add to her last title triumph at the China Open in 2018.

(Reporting by Nikolaj Skydsgaard, additional reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru, Editing by Toby Davis)

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