Garbine Muguruza has revealed that she is not yet considering coming back to the sport after she took a break earlier this year.
Two-time Grand Slam champion Muguruza announced that she was taking some time away from the sport in the spring of this year, saying that it was mostly due to fatigue. She later announced that she would be extending this hiatus through the summer.
"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 the clay and grass court season. Thanks for all the lovely messages and will be updating you guys," she said in a statement on social media.
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Muguruza has no plans to return yet
During her time away, the Spaniard has been doing a lot of things that she wouldn't have time to do while competing on the WTA Tour - including spending a lot of time with family and friends, traveling to places as a tourist and not an athlete, and even getting engaged.
Now that the summer is over, Muguruza has announced that she is not yet ready to go back to the sport and all of its demands.
"I only think about enjoying this vacation to the fullest, I haven't thought about anything yet, it's September and there's a long way to go. I'm making plans that when I was competing in the circuit I couldn't do," she said in a recent interview with Spanish newspaper AS.
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Muguruza stresses she is not retired
Nevertheless, the 29-year-old has always made it clear that this break does not signify that she is retiring from the sport. Indeed, she has hinted at a comeback in 2024 - perhaps in time for the Paris Olympic Games.
"I’m enjoying this sabbatical, I think it’s good to stop but it’s not a definitive goodbye. I want to prepare myself to come back, when I’m ready I’ll go back to the courts. US Open, Australian Open, Olympic medal," she said.