By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Tuesday May 4, 2021
Barbora Strycova announced her pregnancy March, and now, after much contemplation, the Czech star has decided to retire the sport.
Strycova, a former World No.1 in doubles and a World No.16 in singles, broke the news on Twitter on Tuesday.
“As you might have heard, I announced my retirement from professional tennis today,” wrote Strycova on social media. “It feels weird. Until now tennis was the only world I knew. I have always had enormous love for this amazing sport. Even through all the pain, tears, renunciation and sweat, all the great moments and victories were worth it.”
— Barbora Strycova (@BaraStrycova) May 4, 2021
Strycova says that she never wanted to retire during a pandemic and promised that she would return to play one more match for her fans.
“I never planned to end my career during a pandemic,” she said. “However some moments in life just can’t be planned, and I am super excited for my next life role as a mom. I doesn’t mean that I will accept the fact that I didn’t play my last match in front of an audience. Once it’s possible, I will play one last match in front of you.”