Tennis Star Wozniacki to Retire After 2020 Australian Open

Photo Wozniacki playing at the 2016 US Open
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Danish professional tennis player, who is a former world No. 1 in singles, the 20th in the Open Era, and the first woman from a Scandinavian country to hold the top ranking position is calling it quits after 2020 Australian Open.

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki 29, broke the shocking news Friday on “Good Morning America, “I’m ready to move on to the next chapter in my life.”

She later shared a post 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. Getting married to David [Lee] 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!

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In June, Wozniacki and former NBA Knicks and All-Star David Lee exchanged marital vows in Italy. Her bestie, and opponent who battled each other on the court Serena Williams was one of Wozniacki’s bridesmaids in her wedding.

Outside of tennis Wozniacki was accepted in to Harvard Business School.

At the 2018 Australian Open, Wozniacki was seeded second, her highest seeding since 2012. Wozniacki won the women’s title, defeating Simona Halep in the final to win her first Grand Slam.

Shortly afterwards she told fans she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.

Wozniacki is currently ranked 37th in the world.