Adios in 2020: Former No. 6 Carla Suarez Navarro to retire

Adios in 2020: Former No. 6 Carla Suarez Navarro to retire

"The sport has been a fundamental part of my life—it has given me immense joy and I cannot be more grateful," said the 31-year-old Spaniard.

Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro has announced that 2020 will be her final season on tour. The 31-year-old held a press conference on Tuesday at the Barcino Tennis Club to share the news.

"The 2020 season will be my last year in the professional tennis circuit," said Suarez Navarro. "The sport has been a fundamental part of my life—it has given me immense joy and I cannot be more grateful for all the experiences that it has allowed me to live. “At this time, I notice that the time has come to complete a beautiful chapter and begin to enjoy other areas of life. Tennis will always be in me.”

The victor of two career WTA trophies, the Spaniard reached a career-high ranking of No. 6 in February of 2016. She reached quarterfinals at the Australian Open three times and twice at French Open and the US Open. Suarez Navarro also claimed three WTA doubles titles, peaking at No. 11 in the doubles rankings.

Known for her lethal one-handed backhand, she has secured upsets over Top 10 players, including compatriot Garbine Muguruza, Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova.

Currently ranked No. 55, Suarez Navarro is planning to play a full 2020 season.

"I want to enjoy one last season with the same professionalism as always,” she said. “I am going to do a quality preparation, my whole team is going to travel with me from the month of January and I plan to compete until the end of the season. My desire is clear: to be proud of this last effort when I reach the end of the road."