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French Open veteran Alize Cornet announces her retirement

In a heartwarming conclusion to a remarkable career, Alizé Cornetová, a veteran French Open and the former world number 11 announced her retirement from professional tennis.

The 34-year-old Frenchwoman said goodbye to the sport after her first round at Roland Garros, marking the end of an illustrious journey that spanned nearly two decades.

Cornet, who made her French Open debut as a teenager, received a moving tribute from Court Philippe Chatrier, reflected on her achievements and expressed her gratitude to her supporters.

An emotional farewell ceremony

After the match on Court Philippe Chatrier, Cornet was honored in a ceremony attended by French Tennis Federation President Gilles Moreton and tournament director Amélie Mauresmo.

A montage of Cornet’s career highlights played on the video board as the crowd remained in their seats, many wiping away tears along with Cornet.

In an emotional speech, she thanked her family, her team, the French Tennis Federation, Mauresma and her fans for their unwavering support.

Reflecting on the full circle moment

Cornet made her main draw debut at the 2005 French Open as a 15-year-old and advanced to the second round before losing to Mauresma, who was present at her retirement.

Reflecting on this full-circle moment, Cornet said: “Roland Garros represents 20 years of my life. It was my first Grand Slam tournament when I was 15 and this year will be my 20th year. This is where I wanted to say goodbye to professional tennis.»

A legendary career

Cornet’s career spanned nearly two decades, marked by notable achievements and memorable matches.

She made history by appearing in 72 Grand Slam main draws and set the Open Era record of 69 consecutive main draws. Her only major quarterfinal came incl Australian Open 2022.

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Cornet won her first WTA title in Budapest in 2008 and her last title at the Swiss Open in 2018. She has played in 15 finals during her career, most recently at the Jasmin Open in 2022.

The reputation of the Giant-Slayer

Cornet was known for her ability to upset top players. She recorded 25 wins over top 10 players, including three consecutive wins over Serena Williams during the 2014 season, one of which was at Wimbledon.

In 2022, she ended Iga Swiatek’s 37-match winning streak at Wimbledon, further cementing her reputation as a giant slayer.

Part of the French success

Cornet was also part of France’s winning team in 2019 Billie Jean King Cupthen known as the Fed Cup.

Her contribution to French tennis was significant and she was a beloved figure in her native country.

Final matches and plans for the future

Before officially retiring from the sport, Cornet will compete in doubles alongside Fiona Ferro and mixed doubles with Nicolas Mahut at the French Open.

These matches will give her fans one last chance to see her in action on the court.

Grateful Goodbye

Cornet’s retirement marks the end of an era in French tennis. Her emotional farewell at Roland Garros was a fitting tribute to a player who has given so much to the sport.

As she said goodbye, Cornet reflected on her journey and the love story she shared with Roland Garros, the place that witnessed both her beginnings and her farewell. «Roland Garros is a love story that hasn’t always been easy,» commented Cornet. «I’m glad I’ve reached a point in my life where I can say goodbye in front of my fans and family.»

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The legacy of Aliza Cornet

Cornet’s legacy in tennis is marked by her resilience, memorable victories against top players and dedication to the sport.

Her journey from young prodigy to seasoned professional has inspired many and her presence on tour will be sorely missed.

As Cornet embarks on a new chapter in his life, he leaves behind a rich legacy that will continue to inspire generations of tennis players to come.

Information is collected from NBC Sports and ESPN.

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