Recently retired Anett Kontaveit played at the 2023 Luxembourg Masters, an event where retired players play against each other, and she actually won the event.
Kontaveit retired at Wimbledon, recently ending her career abruptly due to a back issue that prevents her from playing regular tennis. It was a sad ending for a player who played really well just last year, being world number two on the WTA Tour, among other things.
It didn't come as a huge surprise to Kontaveit who knew for a while that her career was never going to be the same and she never really placed too much importance on her tennis career.
She was fine with it, but tennis will always remain something she enjoys. That's why she took part in the Luxembourg Masters, which is a tennis event for former players.
It featured multiple matches as Anett Kontaveit took part this year, beating Andrea Petkovic in the final 7-5 6-2. Before getting to the final, Kontaveit beat Monica Puig in the opening round and then bested Lucie Safarova in the semi-finals before moving to the final.
As noted above, it was an easy win for Kontaveit, and that's hardly surprising. She was just in professional tennis months ago, so she's still pretty sharp even though she's not active anymore.
There is more tennis to be played for Kontaveit this year as she'll formally say goodbye to tennis in her native Estonia, where she'll play an exhibition match against good friend Ons Jabeur.
That match will be played on November 11th in the capital of Estonia, so there is a bit of time until that match. After all, Jabeur still competes and has some events to play before committing to that match.
It should be fun, as Kontaveit proved in Luxembourg that she still has it. Her effort secured her the 50,000 euro prize money reserved for the champion.