Former Doubles No.1 and Wimbledon singles semifinalist Barbora Strycova has announced her impending retirement. The Czech veteran still holds out hope that she will be able to say her final farewell on a match court in 2022.

"Dear fans...or I should say friends," Strycova wrote. "As you might have heard, I announced my retirement from professional tennis today. It feels weird. Until now, tennis was the only world I knew. I have always had enormous love for this amazing sport. Even though all the pain, tears, renunciation and sweat, all the great moment and victories were worth it!ย 

"I never planned to end my career during a pandemic. However, some moments in life just can't be planned and I am super excited for my next life role as a mom. It doesn't mean I will accept that fact that I didn't play my last match in front of an audience.ย 

"Once it's possible, I will play one last front of you. To say a proper goodbye."

A Wimbledon singles semifinalist and doubles champion, as well as an Olympic bronze medalist and member of the Czech Republic's Billie Jean King Cup dynasty, the 34-year-old has not played a tournament since the Australian Open. In March, she announced her pregnancyย and is expecting a son in September.

"I want to play another match with the spectators," Strycova said in an interview with "I'm saying goodbye to my career, it's the end, and I don't expect to return to the Tour. But I would like to say goodbye to the fans. I've needed them in my career.

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"It's been a colorful, up-and-down career. I'm very grateful for it, and the people and sponsors who have stood by me and continue to stand by me. It's been a ride."


While her focus will be on family, Strycova hopes to stay involved in tennis in the future. The Plzen-native is set to finish her career having reached a career-high No.16 in singles, winning two WTA singles titles and 31 doubles titles. Her greatest triumph came just two years ago at 2019 Wimbledon, where she advanced to her first major singles semifinal, won the doubles title with Hsieh Su-Wei, and became No.1 in doubles for the first time in her career.

"I'm at peace with ending it, and that I'm going to become a mother. That's how it had to be. Tennis led me through my whole life. It was my everything. Now it's over and there will be something else. I'm at peace with it."

"It took me a while [to be at peace with it]. But I'm so happy for it, and I'm excited for this new adventure that awaits me."

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Strycova's dream is for her final farewell to be a nod to the beloved grass at Wimbledon or at home in the Czech Republic, where she became a national hero as an Olympic bronze medalist in Rio and foundational member of the Czech team that captured six Billie Jean King Cup titles over the last decade.

"I had the greatest success [at Wimbledon] and it's the Mecca of tennis, for me," Strycova said. "If it doesn't work out, I'll do a farewell here in the Czech Republic, but it will be after the maternity leave. When I lose those kilos!"

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