Australian tennis champ Casey Dellacqua has announced her retirement from the sport to spend more time with family.
The 33-year-old made the announcement in a video posted to her social media accounts on Tuesday.
“It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while now,” she said.
“I definitely feel it’s the right time for me to hang up the racquets.
“It’s time for me to be a mum and it’s time for me to spend time with my family, particularly while my kids are young. It’s a precious time in life and it’s a time where I want to be at home with my family.”
Dellacqua and her partner Amanda Judd are parents to their two children Blake and Andie.
“I’ve been so fortunate to have a great career doing what I absolutely love and fulfilling my childhood dream of becoming a professional athlete,” she said.
“If there’s one thing that I’m going to miss about playing tennis, it’s playing for Australia. It was always a highlight of my career and it’s something I will always cherish.
“I love everything about tennis. I love everything it has given me, but I also can’t wait for the best of me away from the tennis court.
“I’m really excited about the next stage of my life.”
Dellacqua made her Australian Open debut at 17 in 2003, and in the years since has competed in multiple Australian Opens and two Olympic Games, achieving a career high doubles ranking of #3 in the world in 2016.
Last month, she won Sports Personality of the Year at the Australian LGBTI Awards, recognising her contribution to LGBTI visibility in Australian sport.
💜 Almost 10 years together & I still love every single moment we get to spend together, just me & you 💜 I love our kiddies more than words can explain but our time together is the foundation to the love our family shares everyday 💜 #meandyou #sydneyaustralia #lovealonglunch #tourist #bedtimenow @amandakjudd
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I first met Amanda 8 years ago. I knew from that very first moment, we had a special connection. She was beautiful, smart, funny & captivating. She was like no one I had ever met before. We started dating and laughed endlessly. We travelled the world together, me playing tennis and she was my biggest supporter. We moved in together. Yes we have had tough times, all relationships do but we always had each other. Amanda fell pregnant with our son Blake, who is now 4 years old. He changed our world. We were a family. My love for Amanda grew even stronger. Our beautiful daughter Andie came next and we are now a very happy, crazy, and busy family of four. Amanda & I are a team. We are family and we will forever have each other’s back. I love her and who knows one day we might even like to get married 😝 Remember this isn’t about religion, political correctness, christmas, easter, or what they are going to teach our kids at school etc etc etc….it’s just purely about two people that love each other and deserve equal rights like all their other fellow Australians. All love is equal 🌈 I’m voting YES 🏳️🌈 #marriageequality #voteyes #lovewins #loveislove #itstimeaustralia