Casey Dellacqua says she has ‘loved every minute’ of her career after announcing her retirement from tennis at the age of 33.
The Australian, who won the French Open mixed doubles title in 2011, paid tribute to fellow players, coaches and fans who have supported her over the years.
“Looking back on my career now that it’s over, it’s been a roller-coaster ride but a really exciting one,” Dellacqua told Players Voice.
“I’m proud of what I have done. I’m proud that I’ve represented my country the way that I have. It’s been a great career. I’ve loved every minute. Even the downs, because you always learn something.
“I have so many memories to take away from my sport that I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life.
“I’ll miss competing the most. I’ll miss the adrenalin of being out on court, the winning and even the losing. I’ll miss the competition, I’ll miss the crowds and the people and the fans and playing in front of them. But other than that I think I’m ready.”
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In an extensive column, Dellacqua picked out her runs to the fourth round of the singles tournament at the Australian Open in 2008 and 2014 as career highlights. She also enjoyed representing Australia at the Olympis and in the Fed Cup.