German tennis star Angelique Kerber has opened up on her future in tennis.
“I have the feeling that all of my friends are already retired”: Angelique Kerber
In an interview to a German news agency, 32-year-old Kerber revealed that she did give retirement a thought during the pandemic break.
The three-time Grand Slam winner said it often feels like all her friends on the women’s Tour have already bid adieu to the game.
“I have the feeling that all of my friends are already retired,” said the German, who also has 12 WTA singles titles to her credit.
Kerber pondered on life outside tennis during break
Kerber said the time away from the game during the pandemic made her pursue interests outside tennis.
On how she will know when is the right time to bring the curtains down on her career, the German simply said she will listen to her heart.
“Of course, I also thought about it (retirement) during the Corona period, and learned to appreciate life outside of the Tour,” Kerber said.
She added that the retirement thoughts are still there.
“The thoughts are there of course. But I fully trust my heart and my feelings,” the German said.
The 2018 Wimbledon champion dropped down the WTA singles rankings due to her pandemic-enforced absence from tennis and finished the 2020 season at Number 25.
Kerber failed to land a Grand Slam title this year
A championship winner at the Australian Open in 2016, the same year she also won her only US Open title, Kerber fell in the fourth round of the year’s first Major this time.
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She lost a hard-fought three-setter to Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Kerber fared even worse at the French Open this year, going down in straight sets to Slovenian Kaja Juvan.
She did redeem herself at the US Open, progressing to the round of 16 but couldn’t do a repeat of 2016.
In between the Grand Slams, however, she skipped some WTA events citing concerns around the pandemic.