Saturday, March 25, 2023

Retiring Stosur ‘too passionate’ to stroll away from the game

Sam Stosur will bid a bittersweet farewell to house followers on the Australian Open however is not going to be straying removed from the sport, the 38-year-old main winner stated on Sunday.

Stosur introduced on social media she’s going to retire from the game after a final look within the doubles tournaments at Melbourne Park, 21 years after her first Australian Open.

Since turning into a mum in mid-2020, Stosur has made a staged departure from the sport, taking up a mentoring position with a few of the nation’s rising gamers.

“I still would love to be involved in some capacity. Still got to work out exactly what that is going to be,” Stosur advised reporters at Melbourne Park.

“I’m too passionate about it, too invested in what all the other players are doing to just walk away.

“I’ll find something in tennis to do, for sure.”

Many in Australia’s tennis institution will hope which means taking up a extra hands-on position nurturing the subsequent era.

Some 10 months after Ash Barty’s retirement, Stosur’s exit will depart Australian tennis with out an energetic Grand Slam title winner in its ranks and a girls’s sport crying out for a brand new champion to emerge.

With Australia’s high two girls, Thirty fifth-ranked Ajla Tomljanovic and world quantity 56 Daria Saville, sidelined with damage the house nation has solely wildcards ranked outdoors the highest 150 within the girls’s singles at Melbourne Park this yr.

Stosur stated it could take only one participant to interrupt by means of and carry the torch for others, simply as she as soon as did by upsetting Serena Williams in entrance of a hostile Arthur Ashe crowd to assert the 2011 U.S. Open title, her most interesting hour.

“I’m sure they’re going to get there one day. They just need to get over that next little hurdle,” she stated of the likes of world quantity 160 Jaimee Fourlis and 167th-ranked Kimberly Birrell.

“All of them have kind of been between 100, 130, got close, dropped out.

“I do think success drives success. It’s only going to take one to maybe get through that next spot and we’ll see more coming through.” 

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