Former world no. 1 tennis player Ana Ivanovic has decided to hang up her racket. One day after announcing she had important news to share with her fans, the Serbian athlete shared via Facebook live video that she would be retiring from professional tennis.
Ivanovic also posted a statement on Twitter to thank her fans for the support over her past thirteen years on the court, through both the ups and downs. Ultimately, she cited her health as the deciding factor, after years of being plagued with various injuries affecting her game.
The 29-year-old had a less-than-stellar final year of her career, scrounging up a total of fifteen match wins, and slipping to the no. 63 ranking. She sat at the top of women’s tennis in 2008, when she won her lone Grand Slam title at the French Open and reached the final of the Australian Open.
Fellow players have expressed their love and well wishes to Ivanovic, including fan-favorite and former world no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, who tweeted, “Will miss you on tour but excited for you and what your new chapter has to bring.” Two-time Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova called Ivanovic a “fighter, professional” and “great person,” while Billie Jean King wrote “Best wishes with your future endeavors. Once a champion, always a champion.”
Ivanovic told fans that she has plans to pursue ventures in business, beauty and fashion, but reassured them that tennis would always be her first love and she intends to stay involved in the professional circuit in any way possible.