Australian Open 2023: Sam Stosur makes shock retirement announcement

Former World No. 4 Sam Stosur has dropped a retirement announcement on the eve of the Australian Open.

Australia is set to lose one of its tennis icons with veteran Sam Stosur announcing on Saturday night that her 21st Australian Open would be her last tennis tournament.

The long-time Melbourne Park drawcard and 2011 US Open champion will compete in the mixed doubles with Matthew Ebden and the women’s doubles with Alize Cornet before calling time on her lengthy career.

Stosur and Ebden reached the Wimbledon final together last year.

“I’m so excited to be back at Melbourne Park playing in my 21st Australian Open, but it’s with mixed feelings that I also share with you that this will be my last tournament,” the 38-year-old wrote on Instagram post.

“I feel so happy and grateful to have the opportunity to finish playing at my favourite slam – my home slam – in front of my Aussie fans, friends and family.

“Even though I’ve made the decision to retire from the sport I absolutely love, a small part of me would be happy to keep playing forever.

“For now, I’m looking forward to getting on the court one last time in front of my amazing fans, who are the reason I go out there and play the sport I love, and enjoying this wonderful ride one last time.”

As well as the US Open singles crown 12 years ago, Stosur has also won the 2019 Australian Open women’s doubles, 2006 French Open women’s doubles, the 2005 and 2021 US Open women’s doubles, the 2005 Australian Open mixed doubles and the 2008 and 2014 Wimbledon mixed doubles.

In 2006 the Queenslander was ranked world No.1 in doubles while she also shot to No.4 in the singles world in 2011.

Originally published as Australian Open 2023: Sam Stosur makes retirement announcement

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