Tennis Players Who Retired in 2020

Published 12/14/2020, 4:00 PM EST
Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark celebrates victory after her Ladies Singles third round match against Anett Kontaveit of Estonia on day six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The 2020 season was a terrible one for tennis. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, so many events had to be canceled, and now to make the year even worse, some players even decided to hang up their racquet. Here are some of those players

WTA Tennis Players Who Retired In 2020 –

Maria Sharapova

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The Russian star’s retirement came as a surprise to most people as she was just 32 years old. However, she hadn’t been competing at the level she wanted ever since she returned from her ban in 2017. In addition to this, The 5-time Grand Slam champion also had lingering shoulder issues. All of this led her to finally quit the sport as she said,

“I’m new to this, so please forgive me. Tennis—I’m saying goodbye…“In giving my life to tennis, tennis gave me a life. I’ll miss it every day. I’ll miss the training and my daily routine.”

Maria Sharapova of Russia practices ahead of the 2020 Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena on December 31, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Tertius Pickard/Getty Images)

Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki had a great career. She became the World No. 1, she won 30 titles and one of those was a Grand Slam at the 2018 Australian Open. It was definitely sad to hear in 2019 that she would be retiring after the 2020 Australian Open.

At the time, she said that the reason for this was that she wanted to accomplish things off the court. However, another reason could be that she was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. She did not mention this as a reason but one would definitely admit that it is a valid one.

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark drapes a Danish flag over her shoulders and acknowledges the crowd. It was after losing her Women’s Singles third round match (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Ekaterina Makarova

Ekaterina was a great singles’ player as she reached 2 Grand Slam finals. However, her biggest successes came in doubles as she won 3 Grand Slam titles. She announced her retirement via Instagram but she did not give a specific reason why. She is definitely going to missed by tennis fans around the world.

Carla Suarez Navarro

One of Spain’s best tennis players sadly announced her retirement this year. She had a great career winning 2 titles, making it into the top 10, and representing Spain in the Fed Cup. News of her retirement was terrible but what was worse was that she was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma a few months later. Thankfully, she has won her battle against this disease.

Julia Goerges

Julia Goerges had a great career where she reached a career-high ranking of World No. 9 and won 7 titles. Two weeks before her 32nd birthday, she decided to hang up her racquet as she felt that it was time. She said,

When I started playing tennis at the age of five, I would never have thought that we would go such a long way together…I always knew how I would feel when it is time to say goodbye to you, and that moment has arrived. I am ready to close the tennis chapter of my life and open a new one.”

Other WTA players who retired are –

  1. Vania King
  2. Rika Fujiwara
  3. Jessica Moore
  4. Johanna Larson
  5. Anna Tatishvili
  6. Silvia Soler-Espinosa
  7. Pauline Parmentier
  8. Magdalena Rybarikova
  9. Jamie Hampton

ATP Tennis Players Who Retired in 2020 –

The Bryan Brothers

Bob and Mike Bryan are 2 legends of doubles’ tennis. Together, they won 16 Grand Slam titles, they were the World No. 1 438 weeks together and they won over 100 titles. After such success, the Brothers finally decided that it was time to walk away. They said,

“We’ve given over 20 years to the Tour, and we are now looking forward to the next chapter of our lives. We feel blessed to have been able to play the game of doubles for so long. We are grateful to have had the opportunities in the beginning of the year to play and say our goodbyes to the fans.”

Santiago Giraldo

Santiago Giraldo was a Columbian tennis player who reached a career-high ranking of World N0. 28. Unfortunately, he failed to win a single title throughout his career but he did manage to pull off some amazing wins. He has beaten Andy Murray, Dominic Thiem, Juan Martin Del Potro, and many more. After spending many years on the Toru., he finally decided to leave the sport of tennis.

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Steve Darcis

Steve Darcis won 2 titles throughout his career and reached a career-high ranking of 38. However, that’s not what he is known for. Back in 2013, he stunned Rafael Nadal in the first round of the Wimbledon. What made this victory even special was that it was in straight sets which is nearly impossible to do against Rafa

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Unfortunately, the Belgian was plagued with injuries which is why he decided to retire, He said, “Mentally and physically, I’m no longer at my best.” 

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