“Time to say goodbye” German Champion Julia Goerges announces retirement from tennis

Former TOP-10 player, Julia Goerges has announced her retirement from professional tennis through an emotional letter.

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Julia Goerges

Julia Goerges, the German champion announced her retirement from professional tennis after penning an emotional farewell to the sport. She reached a career-high ranking of World No. 9. Additionaly, she won seven WTA singles titles and five doubles titles.

Goerges is a native of Bad Oldesloe, Germany. She played professionally for 15 years. Additionaly, she remained a member of the German Billie Jean King Cup (formerly Fed Cup) team since 2008. Moreover, the German also represented her country at the 2012 London Olympic Games, where she reached the round of 16.

The 31-year-old finished her career with a 479-337 singles record across all levels. This incredible win rate includes 316 main draw tour-level victories. Goerges appeared in 48 Grand Slam main draws in a row, reaching the second week seven times. She compiled a 54-49 win-loss record, one of which includes a semi-final performance at Wimbledon in 2018.

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“You will stay forever in my heart” Goerges pens emotional letter to tennis

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TIME TO SAY GOODBYE 💭✍️🎾 . . Dear Tennis, I am writing to you, because I am ready to say “Goodbye”. When I started playing tennis at the age of 5, I would never have thought that we would go such a long way together. You have given me so many different types of emotions throughout our journey and I am very thankful for everything you have shown and taught me. I learnt how to deal with the toughest losses but also enjoy the most amazing wins of my career, to fight back many times when I was struggling with you and through it all we never lost sight of our dreams. I always knew how I would feel when it is time to say goodbye to you, and that moment has arrived. I am ready to close the tennis chapter of my life and open a new one, which I am really excited about. Thank you for everything you have given me. You will stay forever in my heart ❤️ Yours, Jules P.S. Huge thank you to my family, friends, team, sponsors and fans for supporting and believing in me always, I couldn’t have done it without you. . . Liebes Tennis, ich schreibe Dir diese Zeilen, weil ich bereit bin mich von Dir zu verabschieden. Als ich mit 5 Jahren mit Dir angefangen habe, hätte ich niemals gedacht, dass wir einen so langen Weg zusammen gehen. Du hast mir so viele verschiedene Emotionen auf unserer Reise beschert und ich bin sehr dankbar für alles was Du mir gezeigt und beigebracht hast. Ich habe gelernt mit den härtesten Niederlagen umzugehen- die größten Siege meiner Karriere zu genießen- wiederzukommen als ich mit Dir gekämpft habe und nie aufzugeben meine Träume zu verwirklichen. Ich habe immer gewusst, dass ich es fühlen werde, wenn der richtige Zeitpunkt gekommen ist, zu Dir Tschüss zu sagen – der Moment ist da. Ich bin bereit das Kapitel Tennis zu schließen und ein Neues aufzumachen, worauf ich mich sehr freue. Vielen Dank für alles, was Du mir gegeben hast- Du wirst für immer in meinem Herzen sein ❤️  Deine Jule P.S. Ein großes Dankeschön auch an meine Familie, Freunde, Team, Sponsoren und Fans. Ihr habt immer an mich geglaubt und ohne Eure Unterstützung hätte ich es nicht geschafft . . 📷 Credits- #1:Parents #2: @porschetennis #3: @jimmie48tennis #4,5,6: @gettyimages

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In a note posted on her official website, Goerges stated, “Dear Tennis, I am writing to you, because I am ready to say ‘Goodbye’. You have given me so many different types of emotions throughout our journey. I am very thankful for everything you have shown and taught me. I learnt how to deal with the toughest losses. But also enjoy the most amazing wins of my career, to fight back many times when I was struggling with you and through it all we never lost sight of our dreams.”

Goerges was ranked as the World No.45 this year. She played in just seven tournaments this year, compiling a 7-7 win-loss record. Goerges vanquished the No.19 seed Alison Riske in the first round of Roland Garros 2020. She won over Riske with 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-1. In the second round, Goerges played what turned out to be her final match. She did so against compatriot Laura Siegemund and lost 1-6, 6-1, 6-3.

She further added, “I always knew how I would feel when it is time to say goodbye to you, and that moment has arrived. I am already to close the tennis chapter of my life and open a new one, which I am really excited about. Thank you for everything you have given me. You will stay forever in my heart.

Her most notable titles came in 2011 in Stuttgart, in Moscow in 2017 and at the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai. After saying goodbye to tennis, Julia Goerges sets foot in a new chapter of her life now.

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