"I could not detach myself from everything...collective sadness and turmoil has taken its toll on me," Bianca Andreescu had explained on her Twitter media. She decided not to start her 2022 tour with the Australian Open and to postpone her schedule a bit longer.
The Canadian had difficult times recuperating from injuries. The last time for Andreescu on the competitive court was at Indian Wells' 3rd round. Britain's Johanna Konta got engaged seven months ago and it cleared up her mind as to a change in life goals.
Instead of going on tour, she decided she wanted to retire and perhaps think of a life without travel and competitiveness. "I don't have the energy anymore. It's quite a place to leave...I finished playing the sport, still loving the sport.
This past May she proclaimed on her Instagram that "A few weeks ago I work up 30 and engaged and it's been all smiles since." Konta will truly be missed but tennis today means surviving in a different world now with coronavirus protocols and living in restricted environments.
Konta leaves with having accumulated four singles titles with the WTA. "I have always demanded the maximum of myself, but the tank is quite empty. The balance of the hard work...and the satisfaction I get out of it at the end of the day is no longer there," Kiki Bertens from the Netherlands commented earlier this past June.
Kiki is ranked no. 20 in the world and says that "..I have decided this year will be the last season of my tennis career. I'm really happy that I can end it this way," she smilingly said Over her career she's collected 10 singles and 10 doubles titles.
Nicole Gibbs decided to terminate her tennis career in February of this year as she was ranked 172 on the WTA tour contrary to having a career-high of no. 68 in 2016. Gibbs had a health condition that was detected at a routine dental examination.
She had surgery which was successful. She captured seven singles titles and five doubles titles on the ITF circuit. The stress and determination at focusing on elevating her game became overwhelming. She had admitted her uncontrolled desires on tennis goals saying "Facing down the barrel of an uncertain tour landscape for the coming years and a growing awareness that I was ready to move on to the next chapter..."
Leaving tennis without a definite goal on what else she'd do, Gibbs realized that her university career at Stanford wasn't completed by sidestepping it for professional tennis years ago. "I re-enrolled to finish my one remaining year at Stanford...I have sent out applications to seven law schools with the intent to enrol this fall..."
she commented. Nicole had admitted that she'd prefer to have alternate plans saying "While I often grappled with the possibility of a comeback, inertia seemed to pull me to a new future, one full of all the past-times I never got to fully enjoy when my life was so devoted to tennis."
This past May, France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga analyzed his future as a professional tennis player. He has known the good and great times as a younger guy and the fortunes that tennis held. He remembers saying in The Guardian media that "At the beginning, for me playing tennis was also the possibility to live...to be able to pay for a house, an apartment.
To eat and do things." It's been 15 tour years which has contributed also to his back ailments and he's seen 14 months at a time of not being able to lift things properly and even getting on the competitive court.
"I lost all my physical capacity..." he sadly said. The last time on the court was at Wimbledon in June and was defeated in the opening round by Mikael Ymer who's 10 years younger than the Frenchman. "I have to change a few things on my movement, on my technique," Tsonga had said.
"I will continue to see how it goes and if it goes well...if not, it's going to be the end of a nice adventure." Carla Suarez Navarro was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, September of last year, but today fortunately is cancer-free.
She played the US Open this year to a standing ovation and wanted to retire then. But she wanted to make her last appearance at the Billie Jean King Cup (Fed Cup) last month, helping her Spanish team win. "I am so happy...It is always emotional putting on the Spanish shirt, knowing it might be one of the last times I do before I retire.
It is one of the best things...to play for your country. I will fight until the end." More players will probably be on the brink of calling their professional tennis career quits. At this time Jared Donaldson was the last player to hang up his rackets due to knee injuries since a few years ago.
The 2019 Indian Wells tournament might have punctuated Donaldson's enjoyment on playing the Paribus event against Rafael Nadal. Despitstraight-set set loss to the Spaniard, Jared has accomplished what many players haven't and that's playing "The King of Clay"
He's retired and looking forward to starting his college career. There are many reasons why players decided to retire but they must feel it in their heart, soul and body that there is no better avenue to take but to hang up their rackets to improve and change their lives.