“This is the end of a child’s dream. This is a definitive decision. Those who know me know it is serious.”
“It is a new beginning for me. I feel like I already lived three lives. I gave the sport all I could and took everything it could give me. I take this decision without the least bit of regrets. It is my life as a woman that starts now.”
“Because of her I am somebody,” said coach Carlos Rodriguez, breaking down in tears.
I’m shocked. Leave it to Justine to retire in the most abrupt, puzzling and saddest way possible. This makes Martina Hingis’s (second) retirement look positively cheerful. Justine’s twenty-five years old, ranked No. 1 in the world (making her the first WTA player to retire while at the top the rankings), and was planning to play in the Olympics this year. I’ve always admired Justine’s discipline – her ascetic devotion to the the game – but damn, don’t you just want to take her by the shoulders, give her a good shake and scream “What the hell are you thinking?!”
This begs another question: Is Amelie next?