Former world number 54 in the WTA Ranking, Silvia Soler-Espinosa announced retirement from the professional tennis on her Instagram account.

The 32-years-old Spaniard enjoyed 16 years on the WTA Tour. Along the way, she made $2,108,331 in prize money and triumphed in 52% of the matches she played. Without winning a WTA title, Soler-Espinosa climbed to her career-high 54th place on 21st May 2012. Now, she has decided to end her career, when she wrote:

“I fell in love with tennis when I was only 5 years old, in Elche. My parents used to play their doubles match with my friends and my sisters and I began to have the first contact with a racket. I was captivated by those classes where I had a lot of fun and who always ended up telling a joke to say goodbye until next weekend. Together with you I have lived the best moments of my life; You have taught me about sport and about life. I have grown with you and we have also suffered together. Today I am writing this letter to you because after many years enjoying, thanks to you, a privileged life, I have to say goodbye,” wrote Soler-Espinosa.

“It is goodbye from love, because since I was little I discovered that you are my passion and that will continue to be so for life, but the time has come to enjoy yourself from other perspectives. I would like to especially thank my parents, my sisters and Blanca; Without them this would not have been possible, their unconditional support has been the best of my pillars. Along this path, despite the loneliness that is always associated with living with you, I was fortunate to continue to be surrounded by my friends, and I was able to form teams with professionals who always sought the best for me and from whom I learned a great deal. If there is something that life has taught me on this beautiful journey, it is that dreams can come true and that only work can bring you closer to them. I love you tennis, from the first day I saw you! Until forever,” Soler-Espinosa wrote.

View this post on Instagram

Querido tenis: Me enamoré de ti con solo 5 añitos, en Elche. Mis padres solían jugar su partido de dobles con los amigos y mis hermanas y yo empezamos a tener el primer contacto con una raqueta. Me cautivaron esas clases en las que me divertía muchísimo y que siempre terminaban contando un chiste para despedirnos hasta el próximo fin de semana. Junto a ti he vivido los mejores momentos de mi vida; me has enseñado sobre el deporte y sobre la vida. He crecido contigo y también hemos sufrido juntos. Hoy te escribo esta carta porque después de muchos años disfrutando , gracias a ti, de una vida privilegiada, tengo que decirte adiós. Es un adiós desde el cariño, porque desde que era pequeñita descubrí que eres mi pasión y eso seguirá siendo así de por vida, pero ha llegado el momento de disfrutarte desde otras perspectivas. Quisiera darle las gracias en especial a mis padres, mis hermanas y a Blanca; sin ellos esto no hubiese sido posible, su apoyo incondicional ha sido el mejor de mis pilares. En este camino, pese a la soledad que siempre se asocia a vivirte, tuve la suerte de seguir rodeada de mis amigos de siempre, y pude formar equipos con profesionales que siempre buscaron lo mejor para mí y de los cuales aprendí muchísimo. Si hay algo que en este precioso viaje me ha enseñado la vida es que los sueños se pueden hacer realidad y que sólo el trabajo te puede acercar a ellos. Te quiero tenis, desde el primer día que te vi! Hasta siempre, Silvia #tenis #tennis #goodbye #hastasiempre

A post shared by Silvia Soler Espinosa (@silviasolerespinosa) on

Tags:

Author: Erik Virostko