The 29-year-old Serbian wrote that choosing to retire was “a tough decision, but there’s much to celebrate.” Ivanovic began her professional career when she was 16 years old, winning her first and only Grand Slam title at the 2008 French Open; she reached the finals of the Australian Open that same year. Ivanovic battled several injuries during her career, which she acknowledged in her Twitter post.
Ivanovic said she was inspired to take up tennis when she was 5 years old, after watching former player Monica Seles, and that the career highs she experienced while ranked at No. 1 in 2008 demanded being in top shape.
Ivanovic wrote: “For myself, for my fans and for all the young girls and boys who might be watching me, just as I watched Monica, I can only play if I can perform up to my own high standards, and I can no longer do that. It is time to move on.”
In her post, she thanked her family, friends, management, supporters and sponsors, which has included Adidas since 2006. Ivanovic signed a lifetime contract with the German athletic brand and will reportedly continue to be a brand ambassador in retirement.
See Ivanovic’s full post below.