Sam Stosur: My story is not finished yet

Tennis - Stosur says she plans to return to the courts in 2021

by Prakash
Sam Stosur: My story is not finished yet

Former World No. 4 Sam Stosur, of Australia, says she plans to return to the tennis court in 2021 and hopes to qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year. Stosur, who recently became a mother, has decided not to play this year as she wants to take time off and spend it with her family with an aim to return to the courts in January.

Sam Stosur on her tennis goals in 2021

In an interview to the Tennis Australia website, the former French Open champion says, "My singles ranking is still in the top 100, which is great because it means I can play the Grand Slams.

Before COVID-19 happened, I was really succeeding in doubles and am in the top 30. I guess you could say it is a crossroad in my career where I might soon need to make a decision about what becomes more of a priority. However, for now my motivation is to get my ranking in both events as high as they can be so that I can keep playing all the big tournaments against the best players in the world." The Australian says that she also hopes to be able to qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year.

"Qualifying for my fifth Olympic Games was a big motivation for 2020. Understandably it had to be postponed, but it was still a real kick in the guts when it happened. It is not easy to qualify, so to be so close and then have to start again next year is tough.

But I’m planning to play on again next year, so hopefully I will be able to qualify." The 36 year old spoke about spending time with her family during the lockdown and start preparing for a return in January. "Our daughter Genevieve, who we have nicknamed Evie, was born in mid- June.

To be home for most of the pregnancy and her birth has been an incredible highlight of this year (and my life!). The bonus is I have not had to worry about missing events or training to enjoy this family time. My plan at this stage is to take the rest of the year off to spend time with my family and watch Evie grow and enjoy all those moments that are so special.

I’ll then prepare and start playing again in January. This forced time off has only proved to me how much I do love tennis and that it is still what I want to do. My story is not finished yet." Sam Stosur has won 9 singles titles and 26 doubles titles on the WTA circuit.

Sam Stosur