Kontaveit to Retire Due to Back Condition

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Former world No. 2 Anett Kontaveit has announced her retirement from professional tennis due to a degenerative back condition. Despite her early departure, she leaves a lasting legacy with her remarkable achievements on the court.

In her final act as a professional tennis player, Kontaveit has decided to bid farewell to the sport at the upcoming Wimbledon tournament next month.

It will undoubtedly be an emotional and poignant moment for her and her supporters as they witness the end of a remarkable career.

While Kontaveit’s retirement may be premature, her health and well-being take precedence. The tennis world will undoubtedly miss her presence, but her decision to prioritize her long-term health is commendable.

As she embarks on a new chapter in her life, we can only wish her the best and express gratitude for the incredible moments she has provided on the tennis court.

“Today I am announcing that I am ending my career as a competitive athlete,” she said on social media.
“After several doctor’s visits and consultations with my medical team, I have been advised that I have lumbar disc degeneration in my back. This does not allow for full-scale training or continued competition. Therefore, it is impossible to continue at the top level in such a highly competitive field.
“Tennis has given and taught me a lot, and I am very grateful for that. 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.

 

“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. Thank you everyone for your continuous support.”

Anett Kontaveit, an Estonian tennis player, achieved her best performance in a Grand Slam at the 2020 Australian Open, where she reached the quarter-finals. However, her most remarkable feat came in the latter part of 2021, as she embarked on an impressive streak, winning 15 consecutive indoor matches and 26 out of 28 matches overall. This exceptional run earned her a spot in the WTA Finals, where she reached the final.

Following the 2022 French Open, Kontaveit attained the No. 2 ranking in the world, despite suffering a first-round defeat.

However, her last tournament at the US Open concluded with a loss to Serena Williams. Unfortunately, her season was cut short due to a back issue, preventing her from participating further.

This year, Kontaveit’s performance has been hindered by her back problem, resulting in three victories across seven events. Consequently, her current ranking stands at No. 79 in the world.

 

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