Former champion Garbine Muguruza to skip the French Open and Wimbledon as she confirms a long spell away from the court

Garbine Muguruza announces a longer break from tennis, set to miss the clay and grass season.

Former champion Garbine Muguruza to skip the French Open and Wimbledon as she confirms a long spell away from the court

Garbine Muguruza

Spanish Former World No.1 Garbine Muguruza announced via Instagram that she is taking a long break from tennis. She cited the reason for the break as wanting to spend more time with friends and family. As per her statement, the Spanish star will miss both the clay-court swing and then the grass-court season. The Spanish star last played a tournament this year in January at the Lyon Open.

Muguruza wrote on her Instagram story, “Hey guys what’s going on? Spending time with family and friends and it’s really been healthy and amazing so I am going to lengthen this period till summer.. therefore I am going to miss clay and grass season. Thanks for all the lovely messages and will be updating you guys.”

Tennis experts say that Muguruza’s case has to be compared with Ash Barty who suddenly announced retirement from tennis a year ago. Her case an also be compared with Naomi Osaka who has reflected a lot of times on the pressure of being on the top. The former Wimbledon champion’s announcement came as a surprise to the tennis world as she was expected to be back strong in the clay court season.

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Garbine Muguruza’s career so far

Garbine Muguruza
Garbine Muguruza

The current World No.132 Garbine Muguruza had some glorious years in the past. Things were wholly different for the Spaniard years ago. She was in the final of the Australian Open as recently as 2020. Muguruza first made her mark on the WTA tour when she reached the Wimbledon final in 2015 after defeating a seeded player in every round. She lost that match to Serena Williams but it was a sign of things to come.

Muguruza turned a poor season around to reach the 2016 French Open final. She won in straight sets in a rematch of her previous Major final against Serena Williams. It was the first Grand Slam title of her career and she rose to World No.2. The following year, Muguruza was back in the Wimbledon final. This time she got the better of Venus Williams to lift the trophy. She reached No.1 status that year but couldn’t finish the year in that position.

After falling out of the Top 50 towards the end of the 2022 season and now out of the Top 100, the tennis world was expecting the champion player to bounce back from her struggles. With a long break being announced, how Muguruza will return to the circuit needs to be seen.

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