Thirty-three-year-old Australian Casey Dellacqua has announced her retirement from professional tennis. Dellacqua posted a video online stating she was leaving the sort to spend more time with her family.
“It's something I've been thinking about for a while,” said Dellacqua to spend more time with her partner, Amanda Judd, and their two children. “I definitely feel like it's the right time to hang up the rackets and be a mom. It's time for me to spend time with my family, particularly while my kids are young.”
Dellacqua helped Australia win their Fed Cup tie against Ukraine in February, resuming her partnership with Ashleigh Barty to win the deciding doubles rubber on her birthday and reach the World Group qualifiers.
At the 2011 French Open, she partnered with Merrick, N.Y.’s Scott Lipsky to capture the Mixed-Doubles Championship. In September of 2014, she rose to a career-best WTA Women’s Singles Ranking, reaching 26th in the world.
“One thing I'll miss is playing for Australia,” said Dellacqua. “It was always the highlight of my career and something I'll always cherish, having those memories representing my country.”