Former world No. 2 Anett Kontaveit has made a surprising announcement that she will retire from tennis after this year’s Wimbledon at the age of 27. Kontaveit’s decision comes as a result of a lumbar disc degeneration in her lower back, which has been confirmed by her medical team. Due to this condition, she is unable to engage in full-scale training or continue to compete at the elite level of the sport.
In a heartfelt statement on Instagram, Kontaveit expressed her gratitude for the opportunities and lessons that tennis has given her. She has been proud to represent Estonia on the tennis courts and play in front of her loyal supporters around the world. Kontaveit now looks forward to embracing new challenges after her last professional effort at Wimbledon. She aims to enjoy the game and give her best performance on the prestigious grass courts.
Despite her early retirement, Kontaveit has had a notable career. Her best performance in a Grand Slam tournament came in the quarter-finals of the 2020 Australian Open. However, she has faced difficulties in advancing past the early rounds of tournaments in the past year and a half. Currently ranked 79th in the world, Kontaveit was eliminated in the second round of this year’s Australian Open and hasn’t played since the first round of the French Open.
Throughout her 13-year career, Kontaveit has achieved success, winning six WTA titles. Four of these titles were won during her breakthrough season in 2021. Her accomplishments make her the highest-ranking Estonian player in tennis history.
Kontaveit’s retirement announcement has generated an outpouring of support from both fans and fellow players. World No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka responded to Kontaveit’s post with a tear and a heart emoji, showing her emotional reaction. World No. 3 Elena Rybankia expressed her disappointment, acknowledging the challenges of returning from injury and emphasizing Kontaveit’s unfortunate circumstances.
The WTA and the Australian Open expressed their appreciation for Kontaveit and wished her the best in her future endeavors. Tennis reporter Nick Carter described the news as “shocking” and encouraged fans to give Kontaveit a memorable farewell during her final match at Wimbledon.
Kontaveit’s last match will take place at Wimbledon, beginning on July 3rd. As tennis fans bid farewell to this talented player, they can anticipate an emotional and inspiring performance from Kontaveit as she leaves the sport she loves.
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