WATCH: Team Spain Gives Emotional Farewell to Carla Suarez Navarro as She Retires

Published 11/04/2021, 10:06 PM EDT


After marking her victory over cancer, Carla Suarez Navarro returned to the sport she loved greatly in 2021. With that, she not only set an inspiring example for everyone but won hearts from all around the world. And now, at the age of 33, the Spaniard has retired from professional tennis following her stellar comeback this year.

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Notably, her last professional match was a doubles win against Team Slovakia at the Billie Jean King Cup Finals. Following that, the entire Spanish team gave Carla an unforgettable send-off. Naturally, a lot of tears and smiles ensued on the court.

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Team Spain gives a memorable send-off as Carla Suarez Navarro retires

Above all, Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro was the kindest and most welcoming personality on the tennis tour. Hence, both men and women tennis players will treasure her passion for the sport and her friendship. 

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Spain’s Carla Suárez Navarro waves to spectators after losing her first round match against Australia’s Ashleigh Barty REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Most significantly, the Spanish team gave her a boutique, warm hugs, and a final picture with the team to bid her adieu. Throughout this, Carla remained humbled for all the love she received.

Besides her personality, the 33-year-old will go down in history as one of the cleanest single-handed backhand hitters. Not to forget her determination to leave all on the court and competitive spirit.

Fascinatingly, Carla got a chance to bid final goodbyes to her favorite tournaments in tennis. They were the French Open, Wimbledon, Olympics, and the US Open.

For many years to come forward, the Spaniard will remain the prime example of never giving up. As for her, Carla will now look forward to living life outside the court with the same courage and boldness.

Without a doubt, fans will miss the bright and earnest Carla Suarez Navarro on the WTA Tour. Hopefully, she will keep making her appearances now and then.

Highlights of Carla Suarez’s career

Notably, Carla won two WTA singles titles in her career, 2016 – Doha; 2014 – Oeiras, and finished runner-up eight times. Also, she climbed as high as World No.6 in the WTA Rankings.

Tennis – Billie Jean King Cup – Finals – O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic – November 1, 2021 Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro in action during her group stage match against Slovakia’s Viktoria Kuzmova REUTERS/David W Cerny

Furthermore, the Spaniard also won three WTA doubles titles with good friend and compatriot Garbine Muguruza. Carla also represented Spain in Fed Cup and Olympics for many years.

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All in all, one of the hearts of the sport has hanged her racquet for good. Maybe one day, she will feel it again and come back on the Tour.

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Until then, fans hope for her to receive all the happiness she deserves in her second life. We will miss you, Carla! Good Luck!

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 1000 tennis articles.

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