Anett Kontaveit answers if she is thinking of returning to WTA Tour as coach

Kontaveit retired from pro tennis at 27 after this year's Wimbledon.

by Dzevad Mesic
Anett Kontaveit answers if she is thinking of returning to WTA Tour as coach
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Former world No. 2 Anett Kontaveit reveals that currently there are no plans on her side to return to the WTA Tour as a coach as for now the Tunisian is focused on completing her studies. Kontaveit, who celebrates her 28th birthday on Sunday, retired from pro tennis after this year's Wimbledon due to a chronic back injury. After a career-best year in 2021, Kontaveit started battling a back injury - which ultimately forced her to walk away from pro tennis at a very young age.

"Are you going to work as a tennis coach or something like that?" a fan asked Kontaveit on Instagram. Responding to the question, Kontaveit wrote: "Not planning to at the moment. Still finishing my uni and then I'll see what comes next."

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Kontaveit took on Ons Jabeur in her farewell match in Tallinn

On November 11th, Kontaveit played her farewell match in Tallinn against three-time Grand Slam finalist Jabeur. At Tondiraba Icehall, Kontaveit competed well against world No. 6 Jabeur but the Tunisian escaped with a 6-4 4-6 10-7 win. After the match, Kontaveit expressed gratitude to everyone who made it a special night for her. 

"It is an honor to be here in front of such a large crowd and to compete against Ons, who is a terrific tennis player and a fantastic person, and to have Kader, one of my favorite referees, with us today. I'm grateful for such excellent ball boys and line judges. I am overjoyed that I was able to say goodbye to everyone on the tennis court once again. I feel like I've done something really right in my life since I've been able to bring such an audience here," Kontaveit said after the match.

Meanwhile, Jabeur was grateful to Kontaveit for picking her as her farewell match opponent and also tried to encourage the Estonian to think about returning to tennis. "I want to thank Anett for picking me as her leave competitor, but I am still trying to encourage her to return to the professionals," Jabeur said. 

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