PARIS, France - Lucie Safarova said an emotional goodbye to professional tennis at the site of her biggest career achievement on Thursday.
The 32-year-old Czech was honored in a retirement ceremony on Court Philippe Chatrier at the French Open in between WTA singles matches, shortly following Serena Williams' victory and ahead of Anna Blinkova's stunning upset of Caroline Garcia.
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A two-time doubles winner in Paris who also reached the singles final in 2015, Safarova was presented with a gift on behalf of the French Tennis Federation and a video tribute was shown in her honor.
"This truly is the most favorite court on earth for me. So many special memories," a teary Safarova said.
"[The WTA] has been like a family these last 15 years. Thank you Paris, I love you."
"So many emotions. This truly is the most favourite court on earth for me."
We'll miss you @luciesafarova ❤️#RG19 pic.twitter.com/PT7tN7men9
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) May 30, 2019
Safarova won two of her five career doubles Grand Slams in Paris, alongside Bethanie Mattek-Sands in 2015 and 2017.
In addition, she finished runner-up in singles to Serena Williams in Paris in 2015, losing a thrilling three-setter, en route to reaching a career-high ranking of World No.5 later that year.
The Czech boasted a 20-14 overall record in the main draw at the French Open in her career, the most singles wins she recorded at any of the four majors.