On Thursday, British player Jocelyn Rae announced her retirement from tennis at the age of 26 after reflecting a lot about her intentions and future plans. Rae, who achieved a career-high doubles ranking at no.
67 and made 13 appearances in Fed Cup winning 10 matches, explained: 'I'm incredibly lucky to have played tennis across the world and experienced so much through the sport. The sport has given me many opportunities and I have met the most incredible people along the way.
Being on the tour can be a gruelling place, but I feel that now is the right time for me to take a step back and spend more time at home with my friends and family and I'm really looking forward to it. There's no doubt that the wear and tear on the body has played a part in this decision, but I'm excited for the next chapter in my tennis career, and I'm already enjoying giving back to the sport that has given me so much.' She thinks it's the right time to call it a career: 'I have thought about it on and off for a while.
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