2016 Olympics gold medalist Monica Puig retires aged 28

2016 Olympics gold medalist Monica Puig retires aged 28

by Kadir Macar

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Former world number 27 in the WTA Rankings, Monica Puig retired after a decade on the WTA Tour as she didn't win any match since 2019.

In 2019 it was the last time when the Puerto Rican won a match as she defeated Kristyna Pliskova in Luxembourg. After that, she experienced 3 losses in 2020 and two more in 2022 as her last match ended with a retirement against Fiona Ferro after only 3 games at a Challenger in Saint Malo. Now, Monica Puig officially announced that she won't be playing anymore as she posted a statement on her Instagram, saying:

"It’s not a goodbye, but a see you soon.Over the past 28 years of my life, tennis has been my constant. It has given me some of the most thrilling and memorable experiences i could have ever asked for. But, sometimes, good things come to an end. Today, I announce my retirement from tennis."

"After a tough 3 year fight with injuries and 4 surgeries, my body had enough. This decision isn’t an easy one because I would’ve loved to retire on my own terms, but sometimes life has other plans and we have to open new doors that lead to exciting possibilities."

"I would love to also announce that I will be very much active in the tennis world as a new full time member of the ESPN family, along with branching out into many other sports that I am passionate about! I will also be exploring consulting roles for young, up and coming tennis players, as well as with programs and academies."

"There are so many people that I would like to thank. My family for certain, my mom who has been with me on this crazy rollercoaster since day one, my dad, brother, fiancé, all my coaches, my agent Marijn, IMG, WTA, PRTA, COPUR, sponsors, and of course my fans."

"Without you guys, I wouldn’t have had the courage to fight for my dreams day in and day out. Thank you tennis. You have been everything. I owe you my life."


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