Former world No. 9 Andrea Petkovic reportedly plans to retire after the 2022 season.
Andrea Petković currently plans to play the 2022 season and then to retire from professional tennis. https://t.co/RKiFzJ55Ps
— Oliver | Tennis (@insidetennis99) November 2, 2021
Petkovic, 34, is past her prime and she feels it’s time to soon end her career.
This week, Petkovic is representing Germany at the Billie Jean King Cup.
Petkovic lost to Czech Marketa Vondrousova on Monday, before losing to Swiss Viktorija Golubic the following day.
Petkovic wants to share her wisdom
“I like to see my experience not get completely wasted and I try to share it as well as I can,” said Petkovic, who made her Billie Jean King Cup debut in 2007.
“I don’t know how valuable it is to the young players but both Angelique and I try to share our experiences we have had over the course of such long career. “In the end, a young player will have to make mistakes in order to get better no matter what the elder statesmen tell them, but we are there to provide knowledge and try to share some wisdom we have collected over the years.”
While at the Billie Jean King Cup, Petkovic acknowledged the greatness of Billie Jean King and how the former 39-time Grand Slam champion impacted the game.
“The reason why most of the best paid female athletes are constantly the tennis players is because of Billie Jean King and the risks she took in the 1970s,” Petkovic said.
“She did so much, while at the same time maintaining the position of No. 1 in the world rankings. That is something to look up to whether you are a tennis player or not. Her story really should be told.
“I read her book and I hope a lot of people do. I think it makes it easier to be appreciative when you play on court and when things get hard to know where you came from. If it was up to me, I would teach the young players the history of the sport.”