Former World No.39 Marina Erakovic tweeted some big news on Monday morning, announcing her plans to retire from tennis effective immediately.
"I'm not getting married or pregnant!" she joked as she held up cue cards on a video posted to Twitter.
"I'm just going to chill on the beach, as I run towards the shore in slow motion while *NSYNC's 'Bye Bye Bye' plays in the background."
What a journey! Big thank you to my family, friends, fans and these super stars ⬇️⬇️⬇️ #SeedFoundation @FilaTennis @WilsonTennis @wilsontennisNZ @AirTahitiNuiNZ @MoonbarNZ @NuZestNZ @tourna_tennis @Bolle_Eyewear @KiaMotors_NZ @lufthansa
See you on the flip side! 🙋♀️ pic.twitter.com/5jMJYh6qFz
— Marina Erakovic (@ErakovicMarina) December 10, 2018
Through her 13-year career, the former Top 25 doubles star never lost her sense of humor - or her love of 90s pop music - scoring the biggest win of her career at the 2011 Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, upsetting defending champion Victoria Azarenka in three sets.
Two years later, she won her first WTA singles title in Memphis, becoming the first from New Zealand to win a title since 1989. She ultimately won eight WTA doubles titles and served four years on the tour's Player Council.
“Marina’s positive impact on the WTA during her career was felt not just on the court, with an incredible nine titles, but also off the court,” said Steve Simon, WTA CEO and Chairman.
“As an elected member of the WTA Players’ Council for four years, she dedicated her efforts to serving the WTA athlete body from 2015 to 2018, and will leave professional tennis as a much-respected ambassador for the sport.”
Outside tennis, Erakovic has explored her passion for music, releasing her latest EP under her pseudonym, The Mad Era, at the start of the month.