Caroline Wozniacki shockingly announces her retirement from tennis at just 29

Caroline Wozniacki after winning the Australian Open

Caroline Wozniacki after winning the Australian Open

Wozniacki retired in a post made to her Instagram and Twitter.

The 29-year-old from Denmark wrote in an Instagram post on Friday that she wants to start a family with her husband, former National Basketball Association player David Lee, and work to raise awareness about rheumatoid arthritis.

"I've thought about it for a long time", she says in an exclusive interview. "It's obviously not an easy decision, and I don't think it ever would be".

"So with that, today I am announcing that I will be retiring from professional tennis after the Australian Open in January".

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark celebrates winning a point in her women's singles final against Simona Halep of Romania on day 13 of the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.

"I love it there", she says. "The support there for me has always been fantastic".

Caroline Wozniacki had shared her doubts about whether or not playing in 2020 already some weeks ago in an interview. "I love to be out there".

The 29-year-old is now ranked 37th in the world and last competed in the China Open in October.

"I've always told myself, when the time comes, that there are things away from tennis that I want to do more, then it's time to be done".

"I got married to my husband [former National Basketball Association player David Lee, in June], which was wonderful". "And I can't wait to spend more time with my friends and family that I haven't been able to over the past 20 years that I've been traveling".

Wozniacki, who enrolled at Harvard Business School in September, was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2018. "It makes some things more challenging, but I feel great in the day-to-day".

Those wins include her Australian Open title in January 2018, which brought her back to the world no. 1 ranking, and the China Open in October 2018.

Wozniacki claimed her first major championship in her third such final, and 43rd appearance in a Grand Slam tournament, at last year's Australian Open.

So now seems a ideal time to bow out, and to start the family she has often spoken of. Without all of you I could have never have done this!

And Wozniacki has big plans to raise awareness of rheumatoid arthritis after her final match.

Rheumatoid arthritis attacks the joints and can cause extreme fatigue. "I felt that it was important that I use my platform to share my story and show that anything is possible, regardless of RA".

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