LONDON, July 7, 2017
Daniel Hantuchova announced her retirement from professional tennis at The Championships in Wimbledon on Thursday.
The 34-year-old from Slovakia captured seven WTA career titles and advanced to the semi-finals of the Australian Open in 2008. By lifting the trophy of the Indian Wells Masters in 2002, Hantuchova became the lowest-ranked player ever to win the prestigious tournament. In the following, she reached a career high ranking at World No. 5 in January 2003.
She stated on her facebook page:
I want to tell you with all my appreciation and happiness inside of me, that the time has come to retire from professional tennis. This does not mean that I’m saying good bye to tennis at all! I have learned that it is impossible in life to say goodbye to the people and things we love with all our heart and for me tennis is one of them..it has been part of my soul and DNA every since I have picked up my first tennis racket and have hit the first tennis ball against the wall..that feeling will stay in me forever..
I’m so so thankfull to all the incredible things that has happened to me on and off the court and I would not be the person I’m today thanks to all of that..the good and the bad..the ups and the downs..it’s been all part of an incredible journey that does not finish here…because it is a journey of a lifetime of all of us together, just from now on without a tennis bag on my shoulders:) and I hope we have many more new chapters in front of us to share together.
Being part of the WTA, ITF, the Slovak Fed Cup and Olympic team has been the biggest blessing and privilege and words are not enough to explain all the thankfulness towards everybody that takes care of us in the tournaments, fellow players, our staff and teams around the players and most importantly you guys…Being able to share this journey with all of you meant the world to me and we are not finished here..
When we close one chapter of our life the next one opens up and I’m so excited about being able to share it all together with u!
Lets see what life will arrange for all of us!
With all my respect and love