Former Dutch tennis player Kiki Bertens says she is enjoying her retirement life and reveals she "did not shed a tear" after calling it a career. Bertens retired at a relatively young age as she is now 29 years old.
After losing in both singles and doubles at the Tokyo Olympics, Bertens put an end to her career. Bertens captured 10 WTA titles during her career and her career-high ranking saw her ranked at No. 4 in the world. Bertens' best Grand Slam result came in 2015, when she made the French Open semifinal.
“I enjoy not having more pressure, not demanding the maximum of myself every day, not having constant pain. I didn't shed a tear after retiring, the only thing I miss is the competition," Bertens told AD.
Bertens' farewell message
Bertens' last appearance came at the Tokyo Olympics, where she lost to eventual silver medalist Marketa Vondrousova in the first round.
"So this was it. What a ride this has been," Bertens announced in an Instagram post in July. "From a shy little girl, with lots of fears. To an independent woman who played on the biggest stages. It’s time to say goodbye now.
Thanks to this beautiful sport I have learnt so much about myself, about the world and I have met so many incredible people. I will take this forever with me. "Thanks to my husband, my family and friends for always being there for me!
Thanks to @elise_tamaela , Martin, Raemon, all the other people I have worked with and the federation for helping me grow! Thanks to @wesportagency for always taking great care of me. Thanks to my sponsors for believing in me.
Thanks to all my colleagues for the great time on tour and some really special friendships I have made! And last but not least, thanks to all my amazing fans, I’m gonna miss you."