Former Top 40 player retires at the age of 24 to chase academic success


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Former Top 40 player retires at the age of 24 to chase academic success

The 24-year-old German Annika Beck has decided to call it a career after not being able to recover from the injuries, missing all the action in 2018 and finding new goals in her life. Annika had been one of the most promising players from 1994 generation, winning the junior Roland Garros in 2012 and the first professional title in 2010 at home in Germany at the age of 16. Between 2013-2015, Beck played in four WTA finals, conquering Luxembourg in 2014 and Quebec City a year later, finishing inside the Top 100 for five consecutive seasons from 2012.

Her best Grand Slam result came in 2016 at the Australian Open when she reached the last 16, scoring 14 Grand Slam wins in total and entering the Top 40 after that result in Melbourne. Beck entered the Top 100 in October 2012 and stayed there for almost five years, starting to struggle with injuries last year and failing to recover despite all the efforts.

Annika has already found the new priorities in her life, switching her attention to medical studies and leaving tennis in the best possible memories.

"Hi guys, there is some new I would like to share with you.

Surely you have missed me on the WTA Tour and now I want to let you in on the plans for the future, first-hand. Four years ago, I won my first WTA title in Luxembourg. This was one of the many personal highlights of my career.

It was followed by a lot of other spectacular events and experiences, including an additional WTA title, being in the round of the last 16 at the Australian Open, the participation in the Olympic Games as well as the victories with the German National Team.

Unfortunately, I had to deal with some setbacks since the beginning of 2017. As you know me, I spent my time broadening my horizons and I came to the conclusion that it was time to set new priorities for my life. I have started studying and I enjoy it a lot.

As you can imagine, this requires a lot of time and effort and therefore my professional approach of the future has changed. Tennis is not as important as it used to be, but of course my love for the game is as big as it has always been.

At this point, I would like to say thank you to all the people who have accompanied me on my journey. A special thanks go out to all the loyal fans, who have stood behind me through all these years. See you on or off the court."

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