Monica Puig, 2016 Olympic champion, built a career at 28 years old

This time, it ended well. After a recent attempted short -term return, Monica Puig definitely ranges her racket to just 28 years old. “From today on, I am no longer a professional tennis player”announced the Puerto Rican on ESPN, where she has been a consultant for several months.

“In recent years, I have tried to find my best level. I did everything that was possible, but I got to a point where my body told me stopexplain to her. This is not really my decision. It’s tennis that leaves me. My body is no longer able to be competitive at the level to which we can achieve the best today. I have the impression that life takes something very important from me. I’m missing the thing I love the most in the world, but other doors are open. »

“I have seen all colors for two and a half years with three operations. There have been a lot of tears, a lot of nights where I tell you it was right »

In the last three years, Monica Puig has suffered. “I first underwent compression of an elbow nerve (right). Without intervention, it could cause nerve lesions. Then I had a labrum injury (right shoulder blade). Three weeks after having set foot on a field to try to recover from this injury, I had my biceps tendon dislocated and I had my rotator cuffs pulled out. I struck a right blow and I immediately felt it. I have seen all colors for two and a half years with three operations. There have been a lot of tears, a lot of nights where I tell myself it was right »she was told in early May in Madrid.

In Spain, she made her big return to competition after a year and a half without the least tournament (her last official match was in September 2020, a loss in the first round of Roland-Garros against Sara Errani). Beaten by Danielle Collins, who has not without a good resistance for a set (7-5, 6-0), Puig, who has been working with French coach Dorian Descloix since the start of the year, has taken the first step of “The second part of (s) a career ». But the following week, in Saint-Malo, his body was killed again (leaving the first round against Fiona Ferro after only three games).

“This gold medal, I always say, was a blessing and a curse. I was 22 years old, I had nothing left and I wasn’t ready for all that. »

Monica Puig about her 2016 Olympic crown in Rio

27th in the world at her best ranking (2016), Monica Puig will mark her sport by offering, to the general surprise, the first Olympic gold medal in the history of Puerto Rico, in Rio in 2016, with prestige victories against Garbine Muguruza, Petra Kvitova and, in the end, Angelique Kerber. “This gold medal, I always say, was a blessing and a curse, she trusted in Madrid. It’s a period during which I’ve grown a lot. I died, I understood better who I was. Looking into the mirror, I say to myself: Wow, I was so stupid about things. I was 22 years old, I had nothing left and I wasn’t ready for all that. »

And to add: “Today, when I see the difficulties that some players are going through, I understand them, but I would like to be able to protect them and tell them : “It’s not that serious, relax!” These last two years, there have been so many times where I tell myself that I would give everything just to be 50th in the world, or even top 100, and I beg, as before, not to be 27th and not to win more than titles. I would like the girls to understand and develop. Take advantage of every moment because in the blink of an eye, everything can disappear. »

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