Shahar Pe'er announces her retirement from professional tennis

The 29-year-old reached No. 11 in the world rankings six years ago, higher than any other Israeli tennis player in history.

By
February 28, 2017 21:49
2 minute read.
Shahar Pe’er

Shahar Pe’er’s career ended when she announced her retirement at the age of 29.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

One of the greatest careers in Israeli sports history officially came to an end on Tuesday, with Shahar Pe’er announcing her retirement from tennis.

The 29-year-old reached No. 11 in the world rankings six years ago, higher than any other Israeli tennis player in history. She advanced to the quarterfinal stage of a Grand Slam tournament twice in her career, making the last eight at the Australian Open and US Open in 2007. Pe’er earned over $5 million from prize money during her career, which also included six singles title on the WTA Tour.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Her retirement didn’t come as a surprise, with Pe’er struggling over recent years to recapture the success from early in her career.

Pe’er’s last professional match was in February of last year and she hasn’t been ranked in the top 100 since August 2014. A chronic shoulder injury limited her over the past two-and-a-half years and ultimately resulted in her retirement.

“I want to share with you one of the hardest decisions I have had to make in my life. After 23 years, in which 13 of those years I was an international professional tennis player, I am retiring,” Pe’er wrote on her Facebook page.

“I made this decision following a chronic inflammation in my shoulder, that has been lasting for over two years, and prevents me from competing at the high level that I am used to and expect from myself.


“At the same time, I lost my desire for the game of tennis and the intense way of life I have lived since I was 6.5 years old. I look back on this experience with a huge smile, a lot of happiness and satisfaction. I am proud of all of my accomplishments, as well as the huge honor I was given to represent the state of Israel,” Pe’er added.

Pe’er won her first senior national title at the age of 14 before taking the Junior Girls’ Australian Open title when she was 16. She played for Israel’s Fed Cup team since 2002, leading the blue-and-white to the World Group and a place among the top eight national teams in the world in 2008.

Pe’er also represented Israel in two Olympic Games, in Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

“For me she is the greatest sportswoman the country has ever seen, both in her achievements down the years and in her character and the very hard work that always characterized her,” said Israel Tennis Association CEO Shlomo Glickstein. “She is a winner in her soul with a remarkable work ethic which is rare everywhere and especially in Israel. She registered outstanding accomplishments throughout her career and I salute her.”

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

December 19, 2018
Analysis: Does Netanyahu care about ICC relations or not?

By YONAH JEREMY BOB