A two-time Major champion and former world no. 1 Garbine Muguruza dropped out from the WTA ranking list for the first time since 2009! The Spaniard played her last match on January 30 last year, navigating a challenging start to the season after losing all four matches.
Opting for a hiatus from professional tennis after dedicating over 25 years to the sport, Muguruza felt the need to rejuvenate herself, seeking solace in the company of family and friends. Embracing life without the intense pressure of competition, the Roland Garros and Wimbledon champion found joy and fulfillment beyond the tennis court.
Garbine is currently on an indefinite break, not entertaining thoughts of a comeback.
Initially contemplating a return in 2024, Muguruza shifted gears, deciding to exclude tennis from her daily routine.
While maintaining her fitness, the 30-year-old occasionally engages in casual hitting sessions with friends, relishing the absence of competitive stress and delighting in occasional returns to the sport she loves. Contrary to a competitive return, Muguruza's current focus lies on her personal life, prioritizing quality time with family and friends after spending numerous years away from home.
The Spaniard candidly admitted her enjoyment of every moment during this hiatus, steering clear of long-term plans and tennis-related pressures. Instead, Muguruza has embraced a diverse range of activities such as Zumba dance, paddle tennis, pilates, yoga and walks.
Garbine Muguruza dropped out from the WTA ranking list for the first time since 2009.
This lifestyle shift reflects her commitment to well-being and a departure from pushing her body to its previous limits. Amidst her peaceful hiatus, Muguruza probably remains unaware of her WTA ranking drop, intentionally distancing herself from all tennis-related things.
Last July, she received an honor in Madrid, acknowledging the challenge of making a transition and hitting the brakes after an extensive career on the Tour. As time progresses, the likelihood of witnessing Muguruza compete again diminishes, especially following her plans for marriage this year.
Garbine, a four-time Major finalist between 2015 and 2020, experienced both triumphs and heartbreaks on the grand stage.
After losing the 2015 Wimbledon final, she claimed the Roland Garros title in 2016 and secured a Wimbledon crown in 2017.
After reaching another Roland Garros semi-final in 2018, Muguruza narrowly missed out on the Australian Open title in 2020, losing a gripping final to Sofia Kenin 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. It remains her last notable run at Majors, as she struggled to advance past the opening week in the following 11 events, resulting in a top-50 drop in 2022.
The challenging start to the 2023 season against formidable opponents such as Bianca Andreescu, Belinda Bencic, Elise Mertens and Linda Noskova prompted Muguruza's decision to take a well-deserved break from competitive tennis.
While her return to the professional circuit remains uncertain, tennis enthusiasts will forever cherish Muguruza's resilience and the remarkable journey that led her to two Major crowns and a commendable presence in the WTA Finals.