Annika Beck of Germany announced her retirement from professional tennis at the age of 24, citing studying and new priorities in life.
Beck announced her decision through a tweet on Saturday, October 20, on her personal Twitter feed. At the time of her announcement, the German was ranked at the 891st position on the circuit. This is quite understandable, considering that she hasn’t played a professional game since October 2017.
In her tweet, Beck spoke about some of the setbacks that she has faced since the start of 2017. She also stated that she spent most of the year exploring new avenues.
Eventually, she arrived at the decision of setting new priorities and unfortunately, tennis was not among them. Instead, Beck mentioned that she has started studying and in order to focus on that, she has ‘changed her professional approach to the future.’
She ended the tweet with a heartfelt thank you note to all her loyal supporters and the people who have accompanied her in her journey.
Beck has won a total of two singles titles in her career – the 2014 Luxembourg Open and the 2015 WTA Quebec.
It is interesting to note that Beck participated in the 2013 edition of WTA Luxembourg as well, only to lose in the final to Carolina Wozniacki. She managed to break the jinx in 2014 when she defeated the likes of Timea Bacsinszky, Roberta Vinci, and Barbora Strycova to win the title.
As for her performance in Quebec in 2015, she faced less than some resistance on her way to the final, where she defeated Jelena Ostapenko to life her second singles title.
In addition to these, some of the other career highlights include reaching the fourth round in the 2016 Australian Open, defeating former World No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska and overcoming former World No. 5 Eugenie Bouchard on separate occasions.
On the singles circuit, Beck peaked at World No. 37 in July 2016 and coincidentally in the same week, she also reached her career-high doubles ranking at World No. 84.