Former Top 50 player Carina Witthoft has put her comeback to professional tennis on hold, after pulling out of the AK Ladies Open in Altenkirchen (February 23 to March 1). The tournament had announced earlier that Witthöft would return to the tour at their event but she announced her withdrawal on Twitter saying she was not ready for the comeback yet.
Witthoft, who reached the Top 50 in the rankings in January 2018, has not played on the tour since the Australian Open qualifying event in January 2019. Witthoft posted on Twitter saying, "It is very difficult for me to tell you, but unfortunately I had to withdraw from the tournament in Altenkirchen next week due to an injury.
It looks like I should have listened to my body better." She has left the door open for a comeback, saying that she is not sure what the future would look like but added that she was appreciative of the love she has received over the past few days, months and years.
Earlier, Witthoft had said that she would not comeback until she was 100% physically and mentally prepared to be competitive on the tour. She had won her maiden WTA title at the 2017 Luxembourg Open, defeating Monica Puig in straight sets in the final.
She has also won 11 ITF singles titles on the tour. She also reached the third round of all the Grand Slams at least once so far in her career.