Former World No. 7 Nicole Vaidisova Retires From Tennis, Again

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Thursday, July 21st, 2016 | 0

Former World No. 7 Nicole Vaidisova has announced her retirement from professional tennis for the second time in her career.

The 27-year-old Czech had previously hung up her racquet back in 2010 amid reports of “lack of interest in playing tennis” but made her return in September 2014.

Vaidisova penned down an emotional note on her Instagram account to share the news with her fans. (SEE BELOW)

Despite making a comeback after a four-year hiatus, Vaidisova never got back to where she once belonged. Not only did she fail to win a single title all through her second stint, but her bid was also daunted by a series of injuries, especially in the 2016 season.

Vaidisova retired from the ITF $10K event in Santa Margherita back in April midway through her first-round match. At her next event, the ITF $10K in Gyor, she got bageled in the first set before pulling out of the tournament, which, apparently, compelled to call a time on her career.

Among her achievements, she won 6 titles on the women’s tour and finished as the semi-finalists at the French Open (2006) and Australian Open (2007).

So…This has been one of the hardest words for me to write.After months and months of thinking and agonizing about this, I have decided to retire from professional tennis.It has been one of my hardest and most emotional decisions of my life.As many of you know,I have been struggling with various injuries on/off for the better part of the last 2 years and it has gotten to the point where I have spent more time in hospitals,physical therapy and doctors offices then on the court,playing the sport I love.This has been painful and exhausting,not just on my body,but on my mind as well and I have reached the point where I did not want to put my body throught it anymore.Coming to this final decision took me months,as even through all the ups and dows,it is a game I grew to love for what it is.Ever since I decided to come back 3 years ago,it has been a roller coaster ride of huge highs and lows,on and off the court.I am forever grateful and feeling so incredibly lucky to have had the unwavering support and uncoditional love of my family,friends,Daniel,as well as my medical and tennis team.Without them,it would have been imspossible to come back.My tennis career has been anything but ordinary,but above every opinion,comment and what ifs,I can proudly say it has been MINE.I do not regret any decision,good or bad,as it has made me the person I am today.As I close this chapter of my life,I look back in amazement at everything I was able to do.I am proud to have been able to compete with the best athletes in my sport and represent the Czech Republic,the country I love,in many fed cups and Olympics,it has been an honor.Finally,I can never thank all of you enough for all the support and words of encouragement that I have received over the years,it has meant the world to me and kept me going when I wanted to give up.Thank you,from the bottom of my heart,I will never be able to express enough gratitude to every single one of you,I am so honored. 20 years ago, this little girl had a dream,and today, I can say it has come true ❤️

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