Tennis followers will get one remaining likelihood to farewell Sam Stosur at Melbourne Park after the 38-year-old introduced she is going to retire after this month’s Australian Open.
Stosur will compete within the ladies’s doubles competitors alongside France’s Alize Cornet and fellow Australian Matt Ebden within the combined doubles competitors. She retired from singles final yr on the Australian Open however continued to play doubles all year long.
Stosur took to Instagram on Saturday night time to share the information, writing that it was “combined feelings” as she ends her profession in entrance of her Australian followers and at her “favorite slam”.
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“I’m so excited to be again at Melbourne Park taking part in in my twenty first Australian Open, but it surely’s with combined emotions that I additionally share with you that this will probably be my final event,” Stosur wrote.
“I really feel so blissful and grateful to have the chance to complete taking part in at my favorite slam – my dwelling slam – in entrance of my Aussie followers, family and friends.
“Though I’ve made the choice to retire from the game I completely love, a small a part of me can be blissful to maintain taking part in eternally.
“I wish to say an enormous thanks to my unbelievable dad and mom Dianne and Tony, my brothers Dominic and Daniel, my companion Liz and daughter Evie, and all of the coaches, physios, trainers, medical doctors, and all my sponsors through the years. There are various others who’ve helped and supported me behind the scenes and around the globe. You recognize who you’re, I hope I couldn’t have performed it with out you, and I’ll thanks all in individual.
“For now, I’m trying ahead to getting on the courtroom one final time in entrance of my wonderful followers, who’re the rationale I’m going on the market and play the game I like, and having fun with this glorious journey one final time.”
It brings an finish to what has been an completed profession for Stosur, who was ranked as excessive as world No.4 in singles and world No.1 in doubles.
The Australian’s crowning second got here on the 2011 US Open remaining when she defeated Serena Williams to assert what can be one in every of eight Grand Slam titles.
“I assume the U.S. Open remaining, the way in which I performed and every thing, is absolutely the pinnacle of the place you wish to get to,” Stosur stated again in 2012.
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