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Garbiñe Muguruza to take extended break from tennis, skip Roland Garros and Wimbledon
The former world No. 1 hasn’t played a match since February, and went 0-4 to start the season after a disappointing 2022.
Published Apr 03, 2023
WATCH: Muguruza played her last match in Lyon, where she bowed out to Czech teenager Linda Noskova.
Garbiñe Muguruza checked in with fans on social media Monday to reveal her plans to extend her tennis hiatus through the clay and grass swings.
“Spending time with family and friends and it's really been healthy and amazing so I am going to lengthen this period till summer,” she posted to her Instagram stories.
“Thanks for all the lovely messages and will be updating you guys.”
Muguruza her most recent event at the Open 6e Sens Métropole de Lyon, where she lost a fifth straight match (dating back to last fall) to Czech teen Linda Noskova. The former world No. 1’s 0-4 record on the season continued a disappointing trend that began last season, where she won just 12 matches despite beginning 2022 ranked inside the Top 3 for the first time in three years.
Her 2021 had been hailed as a return to form, winning three titles including the WTA Finals.
Still, the two-time Grand Slam champion appeared optimistic ahead of an appearance in Abu Dhabi, where she planned to kick off her Middle East swing.
"With tennis, one week it can go wrong, then next week it can go well, then everything changes again,” she said in an interview with The National. “I think experience helps me to stay calm in the not-so-good moments when I haven’t been playing as well or results haven’t followed.”
The 29-year-old ultimately pulled out of the Middle East and both Indian Wells and Miami, and gave no firm return date in her statement.
Muguruza is currently ranked No. 131 in the WTA rankings.