Ana Ivanovic Retires from WTA Tour on Facebook

Former World No.1 Ana Ivanovic announced on Facebook streaming on Wednesday that she was retiring.

Ana Ivanovic’s distinguished career is over on the WTA Tour. On Tuesday she mentioned at her verified Facebook book that she had “something” “to share” and that she would be making an announcement on Wednesday. That left many of her fans wondering what she had in store. Earlier today Ivanovic, at the age of 29, announced that she is retiring from the sport that she loves.

“There is no other way to say it,” she opened, “I’ve decided to retire from professional tennis.” In the video message, which is less than two minutes long, she claimed that it was “a difficult decision” but she also remained positive looking back at her career.

In truth, there are a ton of accomplishments to recognize with Ivanovic. The major accomplishment of course is her ascending to the top of women’s tennis back in 2008. Her tenures as the top-ranked player were not lengthy as she held top spot for a total of just 12 weeks, however holding the World No. 1 ranking for one week is a major accomplishment in itself.

That season was a topsy-turvy one on the women’s tour, one that saw Ivanovic win the 2008 French Open. The time period in women’s tennis will perhaps also be remembered for a more shocking retirement announcement. Just ahead of the 2008 French Open, Justine Henin announced her retirement with immediate effect. The retirement would not last forever, however Henin was ranked No. 1 at the time. That lead to the top-ranked player on tour being taken right out of the rankings and Ivanovic seized the opportunity with a title at Roland Garros that would catapult her to the top of women’s tennis.

In her Facebook post Ivanovic mentioned that she has been “hampered by injuries” of late. She claimed that she has “high standards” for herself and that she does not want to play if she can’t live up to them. 2016 certainly was a trying year for her as her ranking fell down to the World No. 63 position. She was effective back in 2015, however there were few highlights in the recently completed season.

The retirement announcement is a bit of a surprise, perhaps the most surprising one since Elena Dementieva retired after the 2010 season. For the future, Ivanovicย mentioned interests in philanthropy and business ventures among other endeavours.

Shane Lambert