Garbine Muguruza has been away from tennis for a long time now, and she's become unranked for the first time since 2008.
Muguruza has been competing on the WTA Tour for a long time, but the Spanish veteran has become unranked for the first time since 2008. She's enjoying a break away from tennis, as she needed it.
We've seen a couple of these from players in recent times. In her case, she has effectively extended a full year since the final time she stood on a tennis court.
The break itself came after she struggled a lot with being motivated to keep going, as her tennis wasn't really all that good. She began last year at 0-4, and that's when she decided it was enough.
The tipping point came late in January after she lost her opening match of the Lyon Open. The promise of returning to the sport was always present, though.
She was adamant that this wasn't any kind of retirement and that she would definitely be back, but that has yet to happen. Time away has simply been really good.
She got engaged and enjoyed spending time away from the courts with her fiancee and family. The Spaniard never took a break from tennis, and it's pretty well known how taxing the sport can be, especially in the context of mental health.
That inactivity basically ensured that Muguruza lost all of her points, effectively becoming unranked. Her last points won were last year at the Lyon Open, which was played in the final week of January.
Considering she has just dropped those in the latest rankings update means that Muguruza is not on the ranking anymore. Prior to this week, she was ranked as the 1129th with only a handful of points, but that's now 0 and no place.