‘She Just Fell Apart’- Danielle Collins’ Chronic Condition Addressed With A Sad Tale From Australian Doubles Legend

Published 04/02/2024, 11:40 AM EDT

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The fans didn’t appear to be shocked when Danielle Collins announced her retirement back in January this year. The fact that she has touched the mark of age 30 became a justification for her decision in itself. However, after her recent victory at the Miami Open, the opinion of the tennis world appears to have changed. Everyone is wondering why she is sticking to her decision to retire, even after being in such dominant form.

Ever since Danielle Collins stunned Elena Rybakina in a straight-set victory at the Miami Open finals, she has become a trending topic of discussion. While it was obvious for the conversations to reach rooms where tennis experts sit, Rennae Stubbs took a moment to comment on the reason why retirement could be a good decision for her. “She has two very chronic diseases and some weeks, you talked about in Austin, she just fell apart, because her body fell apart,” she stated on her eponymous podcast.

Along with relating the problems faced by Collins to her battle with endometriosis, Stubbs also talked about the good side of this decision. Moving on to the fact that the 30-year-old is planning on starting a family, Stubbs added, “And she wants to get pregnant and all this type of stuff. Look, the bottom line is I’m so happy for her that she decided to walk away from this game.”


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Continuing to explain the good side of sticking to her retirement decision, the renowned entity said, “If she does retire this year, puts her racket down at 30-31 years of age, you know, has kids whatever, good for her that she has to say, ‘you know what, I was a pretty good tennis player’.” As Collins prepares to bid farewell to the sport at this age, her decision seems to be backed by fans and colleagues alike.

Danielle Collins denies reconsidering her decision to retire

Danielle Collins’ recent victory has not only made fans accept her potential but also raised a desire to see more of her. On being asked about giving a second thought to her retirement plans, the 30-year-old said, “No, I’m not. I have some health challenges, and with those health challenges, it makes things for me away from the court a little more difficult. I hope everyone can respect that. It’s a very emotional and personal thing,” she added, explaining how it is something that can not be changed.


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While athletes unfortunately don’t have an extensive shelf life, some of Collins’ peers have urged the tennis community to respect her decision no matter what. As the American WTA star sticks to her plan of ending her tennis career in 2024, some are also excited to see what she does next.


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Akshay Kapoor


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