Anett Kontaveit, a former number two player in the women’s singles rankings for tennis, said on Tuesday that she will call it quits in July, after the Wimbledon tournament, due to an ongoing back ailment.
“Today I am announcing that I am ending my career as a competitive athlete,” the Estonian athlete, who is 27 years old, said in an Instagram post.
I have been told that I have lumbar disc degeneration in my back after seeing to numerous different doctors and consulting with my medical team. Because of this, there will be no opportunity for continuing competition or intensive training. According to what she stated, “as a result, it is impossible to continue at the top level in a field that is so intensely competitive.”
In June of 2022, Kontaveit, who was ranked 79th in the world, moved up to the No. 2 spot in the WTA rankings. Her run to the quarterfinals of the 2020 Australian Open was the greatest result she had in a Grand Slam competition.
She expressed her gratitude for the sport by writing, “I am very thankful for all that tennis has given me and taught me.” “It has been important for me to bring the Estonian flag to the tennis courts and to be able to play in front of my supporters and fans all over the world,” she said. “I have been able to play in front of my supporters and fans all over the world.”
At a WTA tour event in Miami in 2013, Kontaveit made her first appearance in the main draw of a tournament. She was victorious in a total of six competitions, four of which she won in 2021. at 2022, she won her most recent title at St. Petersburg.
Since she was defeated in the championship match in Tallinn in October of last year, she has not advanced past the second round in any of the eight competitions she has entered.
Since she has never gone further than the third round at Wimbledon, she has decided to end her career there. The competition will get underway on July 3.
She stated, “I am ready for new challenges after my last effort as a professional tennis player – to enjoy the game and compete as hard as I can at Wimbledon.” “I am ready for new challenges after my last effort as a professional tennis player.”