Australian Casey Dellacqua retires from professional tennis

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Casey Dellacqua has announced her retirement from professional tennis to spend more time with her family.

Dellacqua, 33, made the announcement in a video posted to her Facebook page on Tuesday.

“It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while now,” she said.

“I definitely feel it’s the right time for me to hang up the rackets.

“It’s time for me to be a mum and it’s time for me to spend time with my family – particularly while my kids are young.

“It’s a precious time in life and it’s a time where I want to be at home with my family.”

Dellacqua has two children, a boy named Blake and a girl named Andie, with her partner Amanda.

She has spent the past couple of years juggling professional tennis – largely as a doubles player alongside Ash Barty – with being a parent.

“I’ve been so fortunate to have a great career doing what I love and fulfilling my childhood dream of becoming a professional athlete,” she continued in the video.

“If there’s one thing I’m going to miss, it’s playing tennis for Australia. It was always a highlight of my career and it’s something I will always cherish.

“I love everything about tennis. I love everything it has given me, but I also can’t wait for the best of me away from the tennis court.

“I’m really excited about the next stage of my life.”

Dellacqua twice made it to the fourth round of the Australian Open, and advanced to the same stage of the 2014 US Open.

She enjoyed most of her success on the doubles court, making seven Grand Slam finals, including three appearances at the French Open.

In 2011, alongside American Scott Lipsky, Dellacqua won the French Open mixed doubles title.

In an article on The Players Voice, Dellacqua went into more detail about her decision.

“The biggest part for me was the travel,” she wrote.

“The long trips through Europe, the US, Asia. I felt that doing it for 15 years on tour had caught up with me. Especially now with two kids.

“A big part of me just didn’t want to be out there travelling and playing anymore, and that was a sign that it was time to spend more time with my family. I always said I was never going to keep going if I didn’t want to, or have the passion. This wasn’t about being injured or not loving the sport. It’s a matter of family.”

A who’s who of the tennis world took to social media after Dellacqua broke the news.

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