I was prepared for a mass exodus in 2012. Kim Clijsters. Andy Roddick. Juan Carlos Ferrero. All legends that bid the sport we love adieu in 2012. However, while I was expecting the most recent announcement, I still can’t say I was prepared for it.
I would like to share with you that I have come to an important life-decision. I am retiring from professional tennis. This was not an easy decision, despite the fact that it has been on my mind for quite some time…I gave tennis my total devotion. With all my energy and my love I achieved things I never believed possible. Along the long road, there were many great moments and some which were not so great. Today I am proud to say that I enjoyed my career so very much. All of my titles in singles and doubles will forever hold a very special place in my heart….
– Gisela Dulko, November 18th, 2012
Gisela Dulko first made a name for herself amongst tennis fans in 2004, when she defeated the then 47-year-old Martina Navratilova in back-to-back Grand Slams. Navratilova was looking to become the oldest player to ever win a singles match at a Grand Slam at Roland Garros that year, but was soundly defeated by the then 19-year-old Dulko in the opening round, 6-1, 6-3. It was her first Grand Slam main draw win. Navratilova said after the match that she would love to play Dulko on grass. She got her wish a few weeks later, as the two faced off in the second round of Wimbledon. Dulko triumphed again, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.