Belinda Bencic Opens Up on Life After Tennis

Published 01/23/2021, 3:30 AM EST
Belinda Bencic of Switzerland reacts during her match against Bianca Andreescu of Canada in the Women’s Singles Semi-Finals match on Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)


Swiss starlet Belinda Bencic has opened up on whether she has planned for a life after tennis. Speaking to yesteryear star Daniela Hantuchova, Bencic conceded that though she has plenty of years left in the game, the thought of retirement and after does cross her mind sometimes.

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Bencic feels it’s very important to know when to stop

“Sometimes, I think about it, although I still think I really have a lot of years to go. But I think it’s very important (that) you know when to stop and how the transition is, and that you have a normal life after tennis.

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DOHA, QATAR – FEBRUARY 26: Belinda Bencic of Switzerland celebrates winning a point against Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan during Day 4 of the WTA Qatar Total Open 2020 at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on February 26, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
I actually appreciate this year because it showed me that I still enjoy being at home and I can have a normal life, besides tennis,” said the Swiss star, who is currently ranked 12th by the WTA.
She added that the break that she took from the game last year on account of an injury and the pandemic and the time she spent at home with her loved ones only reaffirmed her belief that she wouldn’t have much of a problem settling into a normal life after tennis.

Bencic says wants to settle down and have kids after retirement

Bencic added that once she hangs up her racket for good, she would like to get married and have children, adding that she also has other interests in mind such as finishing her school education and getting a university degree.
“So this (time she spent at home) showed me that I shouldn’t have any problems after it (retirement from tennis). But definitely after the career, I want to have a family, that’s kind of my first thought. And I want to have kids.

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After that, definitely I want to finish or not finish, but get a university degree, go to school. And I feel like I am pretty happy now. I finish like the part of the school that I had to, and after tennis, I can still do that. I have time to do that,” Bencic said.
She added that though there are a lot of things she would love to take up after tennis, her interests might change with time. Furthermore, she said, “I think in the next (few) years, I will have different interests and I think it’s too early to maybe say.”
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With four WTA Tour titles under her belt already, Bencic would be eyeing her maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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