Garbine Muguruza, two-time Grand Slam champion, retires from tennis – Firstpost

Garbine Muguruza will work as a Laureus ambassador.

Garbiñe Muguruza, Spain’s multiple Grand Slam tennis champion and former world number 1, announced her retirement from the sport on Saturday, bringing down the curtain on a stellar career. The 30-year-old initially stepped back from tournament tennis in 2023 and ahead of the Laureus World Sports Awards – which take place in Madrid on Monday, April 22 – officially ended her competitive career and revealed her future will include a role as Laureus. Ambassador. Garbiñe announced her decision at a press conference after visiting Fundación A LA PAR, a sports program based in Madrid.

Garbiñe Muguruza turned professional in 2012 and won her first major title in 2016, beating Serena Williams in the final of the French Open. The following year she was crowned Wimbledon champion after beating Venus Williams in the final, reaching No. 1 in the world rankings. She was a finalist at the 2020 Australian Open and won the season-ending WTA Finals Championship the following year.

Garbiñe will be one of many sports stars from the past and present attending the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards in Madrid on Monday. The Laureus Statue has become the most coveted award of its kind among athletes, and the only one determined by athletes themselves: the 69-man Laureus World Sports Academy, made up of all-time sports champions. Nominees from various categories, including Sportsman of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year, Comeback of the Year, Team of the Year and Breakthrough of the Year, will attend the show in Madrid, which will be broadcast worldwide. In addition to the Awards honoring the greatest competitors of the past calendar year, only at Laureus do unique interactions between athletes illuminate the social channels in the sports world.

As part of this celebration of sport in the city, Garbiñe joined a Laureus visit to Fundación A LA PAR, a program dedicated to transforming the lives and prospects of athletes with intellectual disabilities through the power of sport. A LA PAR strives for equality, promotes inclusion and builds life skills in children and young adults in Madrid. In her new role as Laureus Ambassador, Garbiñe has been an active participant and she now looks forward to developing her role at Laureus and using her platform to help young people through sport.

Reflecting on her retirement from tennis and her new role as Laureus Ambassador, Garbiñe Muguruza said: “If 25 years ago, when I started hitting my first tennis balls, someone had told me that I would become a professional tennis player, that I would dream of winning Roland Garros and Wimbledon, that I would become number 1 in the world and win the WTA Finals… I would have thought this person was crazy.”

“Tennis has given me a lot in this first part of my life. It has been a fantastic journey in which I have experienced unique situations. I have traveled all over the world and experienced many different cultures. I am extremely grateful to all the people who helped and guided me during this chapter, because without them I could not have achieved this. I have grown and matured in a completely different way than what can be considered normal, and now I am ready to start a new chapter in my life, which will certainly be connected in some way to tennis and sports . I hope that my collaboration with Laureus Sport for Good is the start of many more projects in which I can get involved and help young people through sport.”

Muguruza was welcomed into the Laureus movement by Martina Navratilova, winner of 18 Grand Slam singles titles and member of the Laureus World Sports Academy – the sporting champions whose votes decide the winners of coveted statuettes at the Laureus World Sports Awards.

“It is a difficult decision for any athlete to stop competing for good,” Navratilova said. “But Garbiñe can celebrate a career that most players only dream of – multiple Slams, world number 1, two-time Olympian – and I am thrilled that she has chosen to work with Laureus to raise her position and profile. use it to help make a difference through sports for the better. I have followed her career closely and even when she was competing at the top of the sport, she also had a focus on how she could help and inspire young people. That is exactly what we are doing with Laureus – and we will become stronger because we have Garbiñe on our team.”

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