“I am so grateful for everything this game has given me and I feel so proud and fulfilled. Thanks to everyone who supported me along the way, I will always be grateful for the lifetime memories we created together.”
In this post, there was also a video shot with retired Australian tennis player Casey Dellaqua, in which the party further explains his decision.
“In the second phase of my life there was a change of perspective in me, my happiness did not depend on the results and it was a success for me to know that I had given all I could,” he said.
“I know how hard it is to work to bring out the best in you. I’m told my team many times that I do not have it anymore. I do not have the physical motivation, the passion. Physically I know, I have nothing to give. That’s my success. “
He said he had been thinking about retiring “for a long time” and that the decision was confirmed after winning last year’s Wimbledon and this year’s Australian Open. Those victories were “the perfect way to celebrate the wonderful journey of my tennis career,” he said.
The decision was difficult but felt right, he said. “Ash party, that person has so many dreams, she wants to chase it, to travel all over the world, to be away from my family, to be away from my home, to be where I always want to be.”
“Ashley Party always exemplifies her signature slice backhand by being the finalist, with the unwavering professionalism and athleticism she brings to every match,” WTA President and CEO Steve Simon said in a statement.
“With the Grand Slams, WTA finals and world No. 1 ranking, he has clearly established himself as one of the WTA’s top champions.”
The party has won three major singles titles – the 2019 French Open, the 2021 Wimbledon and the 2022 Australian Open. Overall, he has won 15 singles titles and 12 doubles titles on the WTA tour, and is the first Australian since 1978 to win the Australian Open singles title.
She is the second world number one player in the women’s sport, following Justin Henin, who retired in 2008.
The party, which began its professional tennis career in 2010, retired from the sport from 2014 to 2016, “it was very fast,” the WTA release said. Only 18 at the time, she said, “wanted to enjoy life as a normal teenage girl.”
He returned to full-time tennis in 2017 – and dominated the game, winning 25 of the last 26 matches he played.