Tennis legend Chris Evert hopes Danielle Collins can postpone her tennis retirement

The former WTA No.1 asked her countrywoman to rethink her decision

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Tennis legend Chris Evert hopes Danielle Collins can postpone her tennis retirement
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Tennis legend Chris Evert, former WTA No.1 and 18-time Slam singles champion, hopes that Danielle Collins can decide to postpone her retirement from tennis.

In a post published when Danielle defeated Elena Rybakina in the Miami Open final in straight sets, Evert asked Collins to rethink her decision.

"A big hug to Danielle Collins, congratulations on winning the Miami Open. She played spectacularly throughout the tournament... but... are you really sure you want to retire?" she wrote.

After winning the first WTA 1000 tournament of her career in Miami, Danielle Collins reiterated that at the end of the season she will say goodbye to the tennis she plays.

The American tennis player lives with some health problems. In 2021, Collins underwent surgery because she was diagnosed with endometriosis, a chronic benign inflammation of the female genital organs.

"I want to look at the positive side of these types of questions. Many people would like to continue watching me play. As I said, I have some health problems and this makes things off the field more difficult. I hope everyone can respect that, it's something very personal. I really wanted to try to win my first WTA 1000 this year, it's something really important to me," she told.

Danielle Collins to retire from tennis

"It's a dream come true to play at the level I played at in this tournament. It was a real adventure for me. I reached my first WTA 1000 final at the age of 30, it was a different path to what I had experienced. It was incredible to go on the pitch and feel the energy of the fans, impressive.

I will never forget this day for this very reason. Everywhere I looked, there were people cheering me on. It was hard to hide the emotion from all the support. We live for these kinds of moments, it was really special. Many people would like to continue watching me play.

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As I said, I have some health problems and that makes things more difficult off the pitch. I hope everyone can respect that, it's something very personal. I always wanted to win every competition I entered, but now I think about it because it's my last year.

I really wanted to try to win my first WTA 1000 this year, it's something really important for me. It's something I've talked about quite a bit with my inner circle. I wanted to give everything, show my best tennis. I'm happy that I was able to solve some physical problems necessary to reach the best version of me," said Danielle at the press conference, after beating Rybakina.

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