Emma Raducanu was seemingly sad after seeing Anett Kontaveit being forced to retire from tennis at the age of 27 due to a chronic injury. On Tuesday morning, Kontaveit - who reached a career-high ranking of No 2 in the world last year - announced she decided from pro tennis after consulting with the doctors.
Recently, Kontaveit was diagnosed with lumbar disc degeneration in her back. Kontaveit plans to play the final tournament of her career at Wimbledon.
Raducanu sad to see Kontaveit being forced to retire
After struggling with a back injury late last year, Kontaveit's struggles continued at the start of the 2023 season.
In February, Kontaveit took an injury break from tennis to again address her back injury. When Kontaveit returned to action in April, she revealed that her back would never be the same. Two months later, Kontaveit announced that retiring from tennis was probably the best thing she could do for herself.
"Hi friends, Today I am announcing that I am ending my career as a competitive athlete. After several doctor’s visits and consultations with my medical team, I have been advised that I have lumbar disc degeneration in my back.
This does not allow for full-scale training or continued competition. Therefore, it is impossible to continue at the top level in such a highly competitive field. Tennis has given and taught me a lot, and I am very grateful for that.
It has been important for me to bring the Estonian flag to the tennis courts and to be able to play in front of my supporters and fans all over the world. I am ready for new challenges after my last effort as a professional tennis player – to enjoy the game and compete as hard as I can at Wimbledon," Kontaveit announced. Meanwhile, Raducanu is currently sidelined after undergoing surgeries on both wrists and her left ankle.