‘It’s Private Information’- Former World No. 11 Announces Break From Tennis After Troubles on Tour

Published 02/02/2022, 10:02 AM EST
Tennis – WTA 500 – Eastbourne International – Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club, Eastbourne, Britain – June 23, 2021 Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova in action during her round of 16 match against Cori Gauff of the U.S. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Latvian tennis player Anastasija Sevastova has announced that she is taking a break from the professional circuit. Having dealt with a number of injuries in her career, the current world number 65 previously retired in 2013. However, two years later, she re-entered the professional circuit. 

She made the announcement during an interview with the Latvian TV Show ‘Morning Panorama’. The 31-year-old has been struggling with a shoulder issue and cited that as the major reason, but refused to divulge further details. 

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The Latvian player said, “I will take a longer break now. I don’t know how long the break will be.”

(Quotes have been translated using Google Translate)

What did Sevastova say? 

During the interview, Sevastova opened up about how disturbing it is to play with injuries. “It’s not cool that you can’t show your best game on the field, because there is something disturbing all the time. I don’t want to go on the field until I feel 100% confident,” she said. 

Even though she opened up about her shoulder injury, she refrained from opening up about the other injuries. She said, “I don’t want everyone to know what hurts me and what I have. It’s private information.”

She ended the answer by asking for a respectful acceptance of her decision. “It’s a difficult decision, but – sport is not a lifetime. I hope everyone will respect my decision. After that, I have to live, and I do not want to live with all the injuries.”

Anastasija Sevastova on the tour

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The 31-year-old Latvian started her professional career in 2006 and she quickly started climbing the rankings ladder. However, because she was bothered by frequent injuries, Anastasia retired from the Tour in 2013.

Tennis – WTA 500 – Eastbourne International – Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club, Eastbourne, Britain – June 23, 2021 Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova in action during her round of 16 match against Cori Gauff of the U.S. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Making a comeback in 2015, the player went from strength to strength, recording her best ever performance at a Grand Slam at the 2018 US Open by reaching the semi-final. Unfortunately, she was up against Serena Williams and lost the match in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0. Anastasija reached her career high ranking of 11 that year. 

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Hopefully, Sevastova has better luck with injuries in the future and we can see her return to the WTA Tour.

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Ahmar Wasif

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Ahmar Wasif is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is a national level tennis player and has a number of titles to his name. His experience on the court allows him to incorporate a deeper understanding in his coverage of the sport.

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