CAROLINE WOZNIACKI ANNOUNCES SHE WILL RETIRE FROM PROFESSIONAL TENNIS FOLLOWING AUSTRALIAN OPENPUBLISHED December 6, 2019
(December 6, 2019) — 30-time WTA winner Caroline Wozniacki has announced that she will be retiring from professional tennis after the Australian open in January 2020. Wozniacki, who has been playing professionally since she was 15 years old, was a guest on Good Morning America (GMA) when she made the announcement. Caroline has accomplished so much in her career including a No. 1 ranking for 71 consecutive weeks, a Grand Slam Championship at the 2018 Australia Open, a WTA Finals victory, three Olympics, and carrying the flag for her native Denmark. With so many achievements on the court, Caroline felt it was time to move on.
“There’s so many other things I’d like to do off the court,” Caroline told GMA this morning.
What a fitting way to close out a career at the Australian Open, the same place where she won her first Grand Slam. “I love it there,” Caroline told People Magazine. “The support there for me has always been amazing.”
Caroline has dealt health issues which includes a recent diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, but states her retirement has nothing to do with her decision. The Danish star wants to go out before playing becomes stale and wants to have more time for her like outside of tennis.
“I got married to my husband [former NBA player David Lee, in June], which was amazing. We want to start a family,” Wozniacki also told People. “And I can’t wait to spend more time with my friends and family that I haven’t been able to over the past 20 years that I’ve been traveling.”
Caroline also took it to her social media with a heartfelt message. “I’ve 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,” Caroline said.
Caroline will leave an incredibly successful career behind, but she is ready to hang up the racket. “It felt right in my heart,” she said regarding the decision.
You can see Wozniacki’s full interview with GMA below.