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Kontaveit retiring because of a back injury

Anett Kontaveit Anett Kontaveit - The Canadian Press

LONDON (AP) — Former second-ranked tennis player Anett Kontaveit will retire after Wimbledon because of a back injury.

The 27-year-old Estonian has lumbar disc degeneration and said it “does not allow for full-scale training or continued competition."

“Today I am announcing that I am ending my career as a competitive athlete,” she posted on Instagram. “It is impossible to continue at the top level in such a highly competitive field.”

Kontaveit’s best result in a Grand Slam tournament was reaching the Australian Open quarterfinals in 2020.

Wimbledon starts on July 3.


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