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Former Olympic Champion Monica Puig Retires At 28

The former top 30 star explains why she is walking away from the sport and what she plans to do next.



Monica Puig (photo by Nicole Gotwols from Miami Open Marketing)

Monica Puig says she can no longer play at the same level as others on the WTA Tour after announcing her retirement from the sport on Monday.

In an interview with ESPN the 28-year-old said she tried everything to recovery from injury but was unable to do so. Puig has only been able to play two Tour matches since October 2020 due to injury. She underwent elbow surgery in 2019 to treat a nerve before having two procedures on her right shoulder in 2020 and 2021.

Today is a very special day for me. I am announcing my retirement from tennis. It’s very difficult because these last few years, I’ve tried to come back to my best level and try to do everything possible,said Puig.
“I got to a moment when my body said ‘no more.’ It takes everything to make the hard decision to leave the tennis courts, and I know there is a bright future ahead but I will no longer be a professional player.”

Puig is best known for her stunning run at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games where she became the first athlete in history to win a gold medal whilst representing Puerto Rico. At the tournament she scored wins over Garbine Muguruza, Elina Svitolina, Petra Kvitova and Angelique Kerber.

Outside of the Olympics, she reached the final of three WTA Tour events with her only title occurring at the 2014 Strasburg Open. Puig has achieved a total of seven wins over top 10 players and has been ranked as high as 27th in the world.

“This wasn’t really my decision. I feel that tennis has left me,” she explains. “My body simply isn’t able to compete at the same level like we’re seeing with the top players nowadays. They are playing with powerful shots and my body isn’t able to compete at the same level. I feel that life has taken something important away from me.”

The final straw for Puig was a recent MRI scan she underwent shortly after attempting a comeback this year at the Madrid Open where she lost in the first round. Doctors found that she has once again sustained tears in her rotator cuff with the only way to fix it being a third shoulder surgery and fourth on her right arm in total.

Puig isn’t walking away from tennis completely after announcing her next challenge. She has joined ESPN’s Spanish-speaking team on a full-time basis and will be covering this year’s Wimbledon with them.

“It’s a little bittersweet, since I am losing the thing I love the most in the world but also a new passion is opening with ESPN and I am grateful for this phrase,” she concludes.

Puig ends her career with a win-loss record of 303-215. She has earned $3,570,824 in prize money.

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Emma Raducanu Confident Of Full Fitness Ahead Of Grass Swing



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Emma Raducanu has no regrets about her decision to skip the French Open and now believes she is in a ‘really fit place’ ahead of Wimbledon. 

The former US Open champion opted to end her clay season earlier than other players to focus on fitness and training with her coach. Raducanu stated earlier this year that her primary focus in 2024 is on her health after undergoing a series of wrist and ankle surgeries last year which sidelined her for months. 

Raducanu will return to action this week at the Nottingham Open, which is the event where she made her WTA main draw debut back in 2021. Despite her lack of match play in recent weeks, the Brit is feeling good and relishing her return to the grass.

“Body-wise, physical-wise, I feel really healthy,” she said on Monday.
“I’ve done amazing work with my trainer over the last few months, since surgery. I’m in a really fit place. I’m healthy and just looking forward to starting playing.”

Shedding more light on her health, Raducanu says she has full confidence in her wrists and believes they are in top condition. Making her feel more at ease when playing matches on the Tour. 

“I think my wrists are actually in a better position than they ever were. So there’s zero doubt or apprehension whether I’m hitting the ball or designing my schedule,” she explained.
“It’s more about being proactive and not wanting to put yourself in any unnecessary situations. I don’t need to rush and try to win the French Open, it wasn’t my goal this year.
“I had to prioritise where I wanted to target and it was just a good block for me to get some physical work done.”

Raducanu has played seven WTA events so far this season with her best run being to the quarter-finals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, where she was beaten by world No.1 Iga Swiatek. The 21-year-old is currently ranked 209th in the world. 

At the Nottingham Open, she will play her first match on Tuesday against Japanese qualifier Ena Shibahara. 

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Russian World No.78 Elina Avanesyan To Switch Nationalities



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A week after losing her fourth round match at the French Open, a government minister has confirmed that Elina Avanesyan is in the process of changing the nationality of who she plays for. 

The 21-year-old is switching her aligence from Russia to Armenia, according to Armenia’s deputy Minister of International Affairs and communication. Karen Giloyan has told the news agency Armenpress that Avanesyan will soon be representing his country. However, the tennis player has yet to comment on the matter.  Avanesyan was born in Russia but has Armenian parents.

“Elina Avanesyan will compete under the Armenian flag, but there is nothing official yet. We are waiting for her to get the citizenship of the Republic of Armenia so that everything will be official,” Giloyan told Armenpress.

Such a development would be a massive coup for the Armenian tennis federation which currently doesn’t have a player ranked inside the top 500 on either the men’s or women’s Tour. The country has a population of less than 3M. Perhaps their best-known player is Sargis Sargsian who reached the top 40 back in 2004. Others on the Tour also have Armenian heritage but don’t represent the country such as Karen Khachanov.  

Avanesyan is currently ranked 78th in the world, which is 18 places below her career high. This season, she has scored high-profile wins over Maria Sakkari at the Australian Open, Ons Jabeur in Charleston and Qinwen Zhang at the French Open. 

She has yet to play in the final of a WTA tournament.

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Iga Looks To Be In A league All to Herself At Paris

Iga Swiatek claimed her fourth Roland Garros title in Paris.



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Just call her Iga. No other identification is needed.

As the years go by, Iga’s notoriety is sure to grow.

She’s probably already earned a spot in tennis’ Hall of Fame.

Yes, Iga Swiatek is a name to remember. A hero in her native Poland, a superstar in the world of sports.


Iga just added to her stardom Saturday with an impressive 6-2, 6-1 victory over little-known Italian Jasmine Paolini to win her third straight French Open title. This was Paolini’s chance to make a name for herself, but she didn’t have the game to make it happen.

Iga was just too good. She made it look too easy.

Paolini could hit some great ground strokes, but when she looked up a bigger shot was on its way back. Iga doesn’t look like a power hitter, but she is.


The 23-year-old Polish Wonder finished the first set winning five straight games, then started the second set winning five more games in succession. The 28-year-old Paolini didn’t seem to have a clue on how to upend Swiatek.

It took just 78 minutes for Iga to win her fifth Grand Slam title.

She’s a lot like her French Open hero, Rafa Nadal.

She takes every match seriously.


No wonder Iga owns a 35-2 record at Roland Garos. Or that she has won 21 straight matches. Or that she owns a 5-0 record in Grand Slam finals.

She only dominated opponents, except for Naomi Osaka in the second round. Swiatek escaped a match point in that one and didn’t look back.

Iga’s game should be just as superb on the green grass of upcoming Wimbledon.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at

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