The second best tennis player in Germany surprisingly draws a line below her career. She announces the decision in a moving message – and also makes an announcement.
A bang in German women’s tennis: Julia Görges will end her career with immediate effect. The 31-year-old announced this on Wednesday afternoon in an emotional message on her social media channels.
“I’ve always known I will feel when the right time has come to say goodbye to you – the time has come,” wrote Görges in her post to tennis: “Thank you so much for all you have given me. – You will stay in my heart forever. “
German women’s tennis director Barbara Rittner congratulated Görges on her successful tennis career. “In the Fed Cup, Jule was an absolutely reliable and valuable team player,” said the former Fed Cup team principal. Of course the decision caused “a certain melancholy”, explained Rittner: “But I can understand very well that in these difficult times you deal more intensively with the end of your career and then take the step.”
Görges has won a total of seven individual titles, including the first-class WTA tournament in Stuttgart (2011). She celebrated her last tournament win in Auckland / New Zealand in 2019, her best world ranking was ninth. She belonged to the “golden generation” around three-time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber (Kiel), former top 10 player Andrea Petkovic (Darmstadt) and former Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki (Berlin).
Görges played her last tournament at the French Open in Paris. In Roland Garros she lost in the second round in three sets to the later quarter-finalist Laura Siegemund (Metzingen). In her post, Görges announced, “I am ready to close the chapter on tennis and start a new one, which I am really looking forward to.”