Before she tore the major monkey off her back at the 2018 Australian Open, Caroline Wozniacki had constantly fended off her critics, who felt that her stints at the pinnacle of the women’s tennis were not justified because of her Slamless record.
When she finally broke through after stumbling in two previous finals at the 2009 and 2014 US Open, the Dane was understandably relieved.
“I'm never going to get that question—‘when are you going to win a slam?’ ever again. Now I'm just waiting for the question, ‘When are you going to win the second one?’”
Her tremendous career, which include spending 71 weeks at No. 1, six year-end Top 5 finishes and capturing 30 career WTA titles, came to a close at this year's Australian Open when she lost a close three-setter to Ons Jabeur in the third round. Wozniacki jumped right into traveling for pleasure, but had a crazy journey getting back to St. Louis, Mo. with husband David Lee after strict travel measures were quickly enacted as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
"We were in Africa for about three weeks [to] a month. All of the sudden, everywhere was starting to close down," Wozniacki explained on Tennis Channel Live Tuesday. "By the time we were able to get to an airport, there were very few flights. There was just no way to get back until [we had] one opening. We had to fly to one place in Africa, then to Qatar, then to Chicago and drive five hours. It took 10, 15 different flights because every flight kept getting cancelled."
From workout programs to sweet sensations in the kitchen, the fan favorite has published a variety of content for viewers to consume on her Instagram. And through those social media posts, it's apparent Wozniacki has no problem with the current change of pace in her life.
"Honestly, I've just been enjoying myself just quarantining and time with David, not doing a whole lot," she said. "As soon as I retired, I had a thing for the Discovery Channel, so I was gone for a month traveling. For me, it's not too bad. We're just hanging out, relaxing. I'm baking a lot, gaining pounds, trying to lose them in the gym!"
While she's understandably figuring out her next steps during a period full of uncertainty, Wozniacki has clear direction on how she might stay connected to the sport down the road.
"I would love to do some TV eventually," she commented. "I don't think coaching is for me, because I know what to do but I have a hard time expressing that to someone else. I get impatient, so I don't think that's for me."