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Andrea Sestini Hlavackova announces farewell tournament in Prague
The three-time major doubles champion left the tour in 2019 to give birth to her first child, will reunite with longtime partner Lucie Hradecka to play one last time in front of her home fans.
Published Jun 17, 2022
Czech fans will see one last dance from Andrea Sestini Hlavackova, who announced her farewell tournament will be at the Livesport Prague Open alongside longtime doubles partner Lucie Hradecka.
Ranked as high as No. 3 in doubles, Sestini Hlavackova won three major titles—two in women’s doubles with Hradecka, one in mixed with Max Mirnyi—and an Olympic silver medal at the 2012 London Games before stepping away from the sport in 2019 to give birth to daughter Bibi.
At the time, Sestini Hlavackova revealed her decision to freeze her WTA ranking to leave open the option of a full-fledged comeback, and in the wake of her latest announcement has shared video of herself back on the tennis court—certainly looking still capable of competing with the current doubles field.
Sestini Hlavackova recently reunited with a slew of fellow WTA friends, many of whom have also become moms in the last few years, including countrywomen Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova, and former doubles No. 1 Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
In her final full year on tour, Sestini Hlavackova partnered Strycova and reached five finals in 2018, winning two titles and qualifying for the WTA Finals in Singapore, a tournament she’d won the previous year with Timea Babos.
Hradecka, however, proved to be her most prolific partner, winning 13 titles in total and together made the finals at all four major tournaments.
The Livesport Prague Open will begin July 25th.