Caroline Wozniacki announces she will retire after Australian Open

Caroline Wozniacki

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki has announced she will retire after the Australian Open in January.

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

Wozniacki, who enrolled at Harvard Business School in September, was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2018.

However, the Dane says her retirement has “nothing to do with my health and this isn’t a goodbye”.

In a lengthy post on Instagram, the 2018 Australian Open champion says she plans to focus on her life away from tennis, including plans to start a family with her New York Knicks player husband David Lee.

Wozniacki’s career includes 30 WTA singles titles, reaching world number one in 2010, a WTA Finals victory and competing in three Olympics.

“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. In recent months, I’ve realised that there is a lot more in life that I’d like to accomplish off the court,” she wrote.

“I’ve played professionally since I was 15 years old and in that time I’ve experienced an amazing first chapter of my life… [and] I’ve accomplished everything I could ever dream of on the court.”

“Getting married to David was one of those goals and starting a family with him while continuing to travel the world and helping raise awareness about rheumatoid arthritis are all passions of mine moving forward.”

Signing off her statement, Wozniacki said: “I want to thank with all my heart, the fans, my friends, my sponsors, my team, especially my father as my coach, my husband, and my family for decades of support… without all of you I could have never have done this.”

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Roger Federer to become first living person to be celebrated on Swiss coins

SwissMint coins

Switzerland’s 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer will become the first living person to be celebrated on a coin in the country.

The Federal Mint, Swissmint, will release a 20 Swiss francs silver commemorative coin in January.

It plans to add a Federer SFr50 gold coin in May.

“Thank you Switzerland and Swissmint for this incredible honour and privilege,” said the 38-year-old world number three.

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Court to be ‘recognised’ at Australian Open despite ‘demeaning’ views

Margaret Court

Tennis Australia has reiterated its stance against Margaret Court’s “demeaning” personal views after announcing it will “recognise” the 50th anniversary of her Grand Slam at next year’s Australian Open.

Australian Court, 77, won all four Grand Slam titles in 1970.

In 2003, Melbourne Park’s Court One was renamed the Margaret Court Arena.

However, there have been recent calls for it to be renamed because of Court’s opposition to same-sex marriage.

In 2017, Court – who won a record 24 Grand Slam singles titles – said tennis was “full of lesbians” and that transgender children were the work of “the devil”.

Now a Christian pastor, she had previously said she would not fly on Australian airline Qantas “where possible” in protest at its support of same-sex marriage.

Grand Slam winners Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King, who are both gay, have previously criticised Court.

Tennis Australia has invited Court, her family and friends to the tournament – which starts on 20 January – where she will participate in a “significant programme of events”.

“This is an incredible milestone for me, and I can’t quite believe how quickly the time has gone. It’s always wonderful to catch up with my fellow legends and I’m grateful to Tennis Australia,” said Court.

“Tennis is a wonderful sport and I’m proud to be part of the history of our great game.”

Tennis Australia said it respects Court’s “unmatched tennis career” but said her views “do not align” with its values of “equality, diversity and inclusion”.

“As often stated, Tennis Australia does not agree with Margaret’s personal views, which have demeaned and hurt many in our community over a number of years,” the governing body said in a statement.

In an open letter