In an interview to TennisNet, the 2015 French Open finalist Lucie Safarova commented on Maria Sharapova and Eugenie Bouchard saying that there is no room for friendships for them in tennis. "That's their choice, which may fit the most to them.
But that was not my approach. I think having friends and good people on tour is the most important thing in life. That's how I felt in tennis. Of course, sometimes it was difficult because then you have to compete with friends.
That's a strange feeling. But we are mature enough. And if you are a good friend, you can do that. That was natural to me", said Safarova. On her farewell tour, Safarova added: "I am happy. It has been 15 years - and retiring was not a quick decision.
I thought about it for a while. The farewell was well planned: Fed Cup, Stuttgart. I play in Paris." On a long time she spent off in the previous years, Safarova concluded: "I was mostly dealing with an illness rather than an injury, but I was always off.
I came back several times, but it's tough. And the older you get, the tougher is to start again from zero. At some point, I felt it would have been too much and that I would not be back at 100 per cent. I wanted not to have bad memories."
Asked if she thought about just playing doubles, Safarova replied: "I really thought about it. But I was also tired of travelling. I wanted to open a new chapter, be more at home, with my family. You can do things you could not do for many years. I am looking forward to that."