The sounds of 'Pome!' bid farewell: Dominika Cibulkova retires at 30

The sounds of 'Pome!' bid farewell: Dominika Cibulkova retires at 30

After struggling with a recurring Achilles injury, the Slovakian made the announcement in conjunction with the release of her new autobiography.

Former Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova has announced her retirement from tennis at the age of 30.

The winner of eight WTA titles, Cibulkova's last triumph will go into the books as her greatest, having lifted the WTA Finals crown in Singapore to close out the 2016 season. Her final on-court appearance came in May at Roland Garros, where she lost her opener to Aryna Sabalenka.

"What started as a recurring Achilles injury, developed into one of the most difficult moments in my life – deciding on what to do with my tennis career. After a lot of thinking, talks, and support from my family, friends, and my team, I have finally decided that I will not be returning to the courts as a competitive player," Cibulkova shared on Instagram

"It is a moment filled with so many feelings: sadness, fear of the unknown, but also excitement of what life will bring in the future. I was one of the luckiest kids to stumble upon the road of a tennis player thanks to my wonderful parents and I will be forever grateful for their unconditional support."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Today, with mixed feelings, I have special news to share with you all. As you know I haven’t been playing tournaments for several months. What started as a recurring Achilles injury, developed into one of the most difficult moments in my life – deciding on what to do with my tennis career. After a lot of thinking, talks, and support from my family, friends, and my team, I have finally decided that I will not be returning to the courts as a competitive player. It is a moment filled with so many feelings - saddness, fear of the unknown, but also excitement of what life will bring in the future. I was one of the luckiest kids to stumble upon the road of a tennis player thanks to my wonderful parents and I will be forever grateful for their unconditional support. They did everything possible to keep me moving forward no matter how big the obstacles that stood in the way. I was also very fortunate to have a whole « village » of wonderful people around me who helped shape my career and help me achieve goals and dreams that children dream about. I am chosing today as the day I announce my retirement from tennis because this is also a day on which my biography is being launched with all of the details about my career. Writing the book was a journey on its own because it also brought lots of emotions and took a significant effort to open up about my personal life. I am honored to share this special book with all my fans. I am looking forward to step into the next part of my life and take on new challenges, spend happy times with my family, friends, making new friends, visiting new places, and making new memories. I will miss the support of my fans on the tennis court but will never forget you because tennis will always be a part of me. Pomeeee ;) New chapter begins now…. ❤️

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At 5’ 3’’, what Cibulkova may have lacked in an imposing physical stature across the net was negated by her ruthless ball-striking, speed around the court and dogged spirit, anchored by her signature reaction, "Pome!". In addition to her 2014 runner-up finish in Melbourne, the Slovakian reached the semifinals at the French Open, was a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon and US Open and peaked at No. 4 in the WTA rankings. On five occasions, Cibulkova toppled a world No. 1 and she represented her country at two Olympic Games.

“I was never a person who wanted to prove people wrong. I knew I was good, so I wasn’t trying to play for strangers,” Cibulkova said in an interview with the WTA website. “Singapore was the moment where I could say, ‘This is why I was playing tennis my whole life.’”

Cibulkova's announcement was done in tandem with the release of her autobiography, Tenis je môj život, in Bratislava. The memoir fittingly translates to Tennis Is My Life and she has plans to release an English version in the near future.