"I think sometimes my dad gets a little ahead of himself" - Wozniacki dismisses father's claims that she will retire at the end of the season

Wednesday, 19 June 2024 at 06:00
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Former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki was quick to respond to claims by her father Piotr, who declared his daughter would be hanging up her tennis racket at the end of the 2024 season.
The Danish star initially retired in 2020 to star a family, before making her return to the WTA tour during the 2023 North American hardcourt swing. Although she is yet to regain the form that saw her rise to the No.1 ranking, she has notched a few notable wins en route to losing to Iga Swiatek in quarterfinals of the 2024 Indian Wells tournament.

Piotr claims Wozniacki will retire this year, lashes out at WTA

After Wozniacki was not granted wildcard entries to the Rome Open and Roland Garros, Piotr went on a tirade against both tournaments, and the WTA tour.
“Caroline is a perfect example to show everyone how pathological women’s tennis is," the 61-year old said in an interview in May. My daughter does not have a protected ranking because she had a long break, and that’s fine.
‌“But isn’t it worth helping such a girl if she decided to come back? The WTA believes that it is operating in an amateur fashion in the largest professional women’s sport of all sports in the world. It turns out that when someone like Caroline Wozniacki comes back as Caroline Wozniacki and family, she is no longer welcome."
Piotr would later state that his daughter was just as frustrated, and would retire from pro tennis after this season. However, the 2018 Australian Open champion was quick to push back on her father's comments, saying she had never discussed retirement with her father.
“I think sometimes my dad gets a little ahead of himself," replied Wozniacki. "It’s definitely not something we’ve talked about. I think I’ve been treated very well. The tournaments have really embraced me coming back and with kids.
“Where I do share my view, and where a lot of other women on tour share the view, is I think there should be more done for women coming back from maternity leave. It has been looked at because obviously there’s more players now that want to come back but, at the same time, it’s not the same as coming back from an injury.
“As someone who came back after almost four years, I think when you give birth and for the body to recover, you’ve grown a human inside you, there’s a lot of changes that are happening in the body after that. I think in general women deserve more time to feel, ‘OK, now I’m ready, I can really prepare and get ready for competing at the highest level."

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