Angelique has announced that she is pregnant and will take a break from tennis for the next few months, including the upcoming US Open.
The three-time grand slam champion will miss the tournament at Flushing Meadows, joking on Twitter: “I really wanted to play the US Open but eventually I decided that two against one just isn’t a fair competition.”
“For the next months, I will take a break from travelling the globe as a tennis player but then again, I believe it’s for the best possible reason,” the 34-year-old added. “I will miss all of you.”
“New York has often been a turning point in my career and it feels like this year will be no different in some way,” Kerber continued. “From restarting my career in 2011 to winning the title in 2016 and becoming No 1 in the world. The US Open has a special place in my heart, and I wish I could have said goodbye to all of you on court before not being around on tour for a while.”
Angelique, who won Wimbledon in 2018 and both the Australian Open and US Open in 2016, is currently No 52 in the world, having dropped 20 places in the most recent WTA rankings.
“Being a professional athlete means everything to me but I’m grateful for the new path I’m heading to,” she concluded. “To be honest, I’m nervous and excited at the same time. Thanks for your continued support – it means everything to me.”