“Gonna Be My Last Tournament”: Kiki Bertens Emotional on Playing Last Event of Her Career

Published 07/17/2021, 10:10 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – September 28, 2020 Netherlands’ Kiki Bertens during a change of ends during her first round match against Ukraine’s Katarina Zavatska REUTERS/Charles Platiau


Dutch tennis player Kiki Bertens has been on the women’s Tour for a considerable amount of time. During this period, she has emerged as a successful athlete, winning titles in singles and the doubles categories. In singles, she has attained the highest ranking of being the World No. 4.

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Recently, Bertens revealed that the Tokyo Olympics 2020 will be the last tournament she will be competing in. She has decided to “call it a day” in her career as a professional tennis player. After her contributions towards sports in the Netherlands, it will be a loss for the nation.

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Netherlands’ Kiki Bertens in action during her fourth round match against Italy’s Martina Trevisan REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Kiki Bertens will give her all 

However, the Dutchwoman was proud that she could play her last event for her nation with a great group of teammates. The 29-year-old player is all set to leave it all on the court since it is the last time she will be competing for these honors. Kiki stated, “Proud to finish my career with this team🧡 this is gonna be my last tournament. Let’s give it our best💪 Tokyo 🇯🇵 here we come #teamnl @knltbtoptennis #olympics”.

Reflecting on Kiki’s career, she has won 10 titles in singles as well as 10 in doubles. Her best performance at a Grand Slam event was in 2016 when she reached the semifinal at the French Open. A couple of years later, in 2018, she came as far as the quarterfinal round. 

Netherlands’ Kiki Bertens reacts during her first round match against Ukraine’s Katarina Zavatska REUTERS/Charles Platiau

However, her performances in the current season have not been impressive. She was absent at the Australian Open but lost in the first round at the French Open and the Wimbledon Championships. Towards the end of the last season, she injured her Achilles tendon and required surgery. She had revealed in June that she would retire at the end of the season or after the Olympic Games.

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Nonetheless, we wish Bertens all the best for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics 2020 and congratulate her on all the accomplishments in her career.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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