‘Can’t Retire in Peace’ – Danielle Collins’ Cruel Series of Draws in 2024 Earns Tennis Fans’ Sympathy

Published 02/07/2024, 5:48 AM EST

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Everyone wants to end the chapters of their lives on their own terms. But do they get the opportunity every time? American tennis player, Danielle Collins revealed last month that 2024 would be her last season on the tour. She is now trying to win as many matches as she can in these last few months of her incredible career. Collins defeated Naomi Osaka by 7-5,6-0 in the first round of the Abu Dhabi Open. Interestingly, fans are now expressing their support for the American as draw makers show no sympathy towards the retirement-bound Danielle Collins.

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 She will next take on the 2022 Wimbledon champion, Elena Rybakina in her next match in Abu Dhabi. As she is scheduled to face a lot of Grand Slam champions in her last few matches, fans have smelled something very fishy. 

Fans unite together to speak about the unfair draws for Danielle Collins

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Renowned tennis journalist, Bastien Fachan recently tweeted the fact that “Danielle Collins set to face a FOURTH Grand Slam champion in a row. Australian Open R1 – d. Kerber Australian Open R2 – l. to Swiatek Abu Dhabi R1 – d. Osaka Abu Dhabi R2 – faces Rybakina” He highlighted the fact that the 30YO American had to face every single active Grand Slam champion in her farewell tours.

Reacting to this post, one of the fans called the draw unfair.

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While the other said, “My sister will never get a easy draw EVER and in her last year playing too?? Steve Simon, you’ll pay for this.

Another one pleaded, “Let the woman rest omg she’s literally rwording this year.

Some of them feared her inability to retire peacefully.

A few of them called to, “Free Her.

Danielle Collins became a professional tennis player in 2016. Three years later she revealed that she had been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease- rheumatoid arthritis. In 2021, she underwent an emergency surgery to treat endometriosis. However, she stated that her health problems didn’t play a factor in her decision to retire after the 2024 season.

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Collins feels she needs an ‘end date’

A month earlier Collins said, “This is going to be my last season, actually, competing. I don’t really know exactly when, but this will be my last season and I’m really looking forward to that.” Additionally, during her on-court interview after her victory against Osaka, Collins revealed she still has some goals to accomplish this year.

I feel like I’m in good form even though it’s my last year. I feel like I needed an end date. I’ve enjoyed my time on tour and had fun and gotten to have some amazing experiences I wouldn’t have had otherwise. Right now it’s not over yet. I’m still competing and battling, I’m working at it. I still have some goals I want to accomplish. It was nice to have an end date because you know, the grind of the tour,” said Danielle Collins.

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Can Danielle Collins topple the former world number 3 from Kazakhstan in her next match and continue her journey in the desert nation? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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Tennis has been my passion since my childhood. My sheer love and enthusiasm for the racket sport has been a major influence in me wanting to build a career in sports journalism. Additionally, being a die-hard Real Madrid fan makes me more connected to my tennis idol-Rafael Nadal, who himself is a huge Los Blancos fan and a contender to become its next President.
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