Alize Cornet announces retirement, set to end career at French Open 2024

2019 Hopman Cup - Day 7
Alize Cornet to bid tennis adieu at Roland Garros

Alize Cornet has revealed that she will call it a day on her tennis career after the 2024 French Open.

Cornet won six singles titles and three doubles titles throughout her career, having attained a career-best ranking of World No. 11. She was a part of the France teams that won the 2014 Hopman Cup and 2019 Fed Cup (now known as the Billie Jean King Cup).

The Frenchwoman has at least made it to the fourth round of all four Grand Slams, wth her best performance being reaching the quarterfinals at the Australian Open in 2022. She also holds the record for the most consecutive appearances for women at Majors at 68 - from 2007 Australian Open to the 2024 Australian Open.

Cornet has 25 Top-10 wins throughout her career, which includes four wins against World No. 1s. Three of them came against Serena Williams in 2014 and the most recent one came against Iga Swiatek in straight sets at Wimbledon in 2022 when she ended the Pole's 37-match winning streak.

The 34-year-old revealed that she has decided to bid tennis adieu at the upcoming Roland Garros in an exclusive interview with French television channel Canal+ on Saturday. Cornet made her debut in Majors at the French Open back in 2005 as a 15-year-old after receiving a wildcard and won the Clay Major as a junior in 2007.

Alize Cornet most recently competed at the 2024 Open de Ruen where she was eliminated in the first round by third seed Anhelina Kalinina in straight sets.

Alize Cornet had already hinted at her retirement in 2023

Alize Cornet
Alize Cornet

After her season ended last year, Alize Cornet shared a post on Instagram in which she mentioned that 2023 was the first year since 2007 where she finished outside the Top 100 rankings, but said that she was happy that she managed to stay in it for nearly 17 years.

The Frenchwoman also looked back on her journey and said that she was proud of the career she has had so far. But in the next line, as she mentioned that she was reaching the end of her career, Cornet hinted that the 2024 season could be her last.

"It seems unreal to me when I see how far I’ve traveled and the selflessness I’ve had to show to keep my course in such a ruthless and uncompromising environment. Now, my goal is still to get back for a little ride before the end of my career, so I'll see you soon (really very soon) for new adventures! And a final season? Not forgetting a big thank you to all the people who support me and do good things, " Cornet said.

Cornet, who is currently ranked 107th in the world, has just one main-draw win on the WTA Tour so far this season, which came at the Transylvania Open in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

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