Bye bye Caroline Wozniacki seen here with 2018 Australian Trophy in Botanical Gardens Melbourne Photo Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd
Former WTA No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki dropped a retirement bombshell on Friday, saying she would end her career after January’s Australian Open.
The 29-year-old Monte Carlo-based Dane, reached the top ranking twice in her career – most recently in 2018 – currently standing 37th after a listless season without a title.
Wozniacki won the Australian major in 2018 but reached only the third round in her title defence 11 months ago.
The player has dealt with a health issue since 2018 when she revealed a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.
Wozniacki said the problem was not the reason she is ending a career which has included 30 WTA titles.
“I’ve accomplished everything I could ever dream of on the court,” she posted on Twitter and 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.
“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!
Wozniacki married former NBA player David Lee last summer in Italy. She said the pair are planning on starting a family.
“Getting married to David was one of (my) 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.”