Caroline Wozniacki announces shock retirement from tennis at age of 29

Caroline Wozniacki, 29, announces shock retirement from tennis… as she quits to focus on starting a family with ex-NBA husband David Lee and travelling the world

  • Caroline Wozniacki will retire after the 2020 Australian Open in Melbourne 
  • The former world No 1 won her only Grand Slam in 2018 in Australia 
  • She is quitting the sport to pursue other interests, including starting a family 
  • The Dane’s ranking plummeted in 2019 from No 3 in the world to 37 

Former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki has announced she will retire from tennis after next month’s Australian Open.   

The 29-year-old will call time on her career at the site of her greatest triumph, in Melbourne where she won her only Grand Slam in 2018, in order to start a family with husband and former NBA player David Lee. 

Wozniacki, who was formerly engaged to golfer Rory McIlroy in 2014 before splitting, posted on Instagram: ‘I’ve always told myself, when the time comes, that there are things away from tennis that I want to do more, then it’s time to be done.’ 

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki has announced she will retire from tennis

The 29-year-old said she wants to start a family with her husband, ex-NBA player David Lee (L)

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I’ve played professionally since I was 15 years old. In that time I’ve experienced an amazing first chapter of my life. With 30 WTA singles titles, a world #1 ranking for 71 weeks, a WTA Finals victory, 3 Olympics, including carrying the flag for my native Denmark, and winning the 2018 Australian Open Grand slam championship, I’ve accomplished everything I could ever dream of on the court. I’ve always told myself, when the time comes, that there are things away from tennis that I want to do more, then it’s time to be done. In recent months, I’ve realized that there is a lot more in life that I’d like to accomplish off the court. Getting married to David was one of those goals and starting a family with him while continuing to travel the world and helping raise awareness about rheumatoid arthritis (project upcoming) are all passions of mine moving forward. So with that, today I am announcing that I will be retiring from professional tennis after the Australian Open in January. This has nothing to do with my health and this isn’t a goodbye, I look forward to sharing my exciting journey ahead with all of you! Finally, I want to thank with all my heart, the fans, my friends, my sponsors, my team, especially my father as my coach, my husband, and my family for decades of support! Without all of you I could have never have done this!

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I’ve played professionally since I was 15 years old. In that time I’ve experienced an amazing first chapter of my life. With 30 WTA singles titles, a world #1 ranking for 71 weeks, a WTA Finals victory, 3 Olympics, including carrying the flag for my native Denmark, and winning the 2018 Australian Open Grand slam championship, I’ve accomplished everything I could ever dream of on the court. I’ve always told myself, when the time comes, that there are things away from tennis that I want to do more, then it’s time to be done. In recent months, I’ve realized that there is a lot more in life that I’d like to accomplish off the court. Getting married to David was one of those goals and starting a family with him while continuing to travel the world and helping raise awareness about rheumatoid arthritis (project upcoming) are all passions of mine moving forward. So with that, today I am announcing that I will be retiring from professional tennis after the Australian Open in January. This has nothing to do with my health and this isn’t a goodbye, I look forward to sharing my exciting journey ahead with all of you! Finally, I want to thank with all my heart, the fans, my friends, my sponsors, my team, especially my father as my coach, my husband, and my family for decades of support! Without all of you I could have never have done this!

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She continues: ‘In recent months, I’ve realized that there is a lot more in life that I’d like to accomplish off the court. 

‘Getting married to David was one of those goals and starting a family with him while continuing to travel the world and helping raise awareness about rheumatoid arthritis (project upcoming) are all passions of mine moving forward. 

‘So with that, today I am announcing that I will be retiring from professional tennis after the Australian Open in January.’ 

Wozniacki last competed in October, when she reached the semi-finals of the China Open in Beijing. 

The Grand Slam winner also wants to raise awareness about joint disorder rheumatoid arthritis

Wozniacki’s greatest triumph was her first Grand Slam triumph at the 2018 Australian Open

The Dane reached the third round in her last appearance at Wimbledon in July of this year 

She still has a respectable world ranking of 37, but Wozniacki had a poor year overall – she did not reach the second week of a Grand Slam, and her ranking dropped considerably from the No 3 spot she held at the beginning of 2019. 

The Dane was keen to emphasise though that she was not quitting due to an injury of any sorts. 

‘This has nothing to do with my health and this isn’t a goodbye,’ Wozniacki said. 

‘I’ve accomplished everything I could ever dream of on the court. I look forward to sharing my exciting journey ahead with all of you!’ 




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