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Olympic champion retires from tennis at age 28

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Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig on Tuesday announced her retirement from tennis, citing injury issues.

“Today, I announce my retirement from tennis. After a tough three-year fight with injuries and four surgeries, my body (has) had enough,” the 28-year-old said in an Instagram post.

“This decision isn’t an easy one because I would’ve loved to retire on my own terms, but sometimes life has other plans,” Puig said in the post, while also announcing her post-playing plans include a job in broadcasting with ESPN.

Puig became the first-ever gold medallist from Puerto Rico at Rio 2016 when, at age 22, she beat German Angelique Kerber in the final match.

That was after earlier wins over two more Grand Slam champions, Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova.

The Puerto Rican, whose career-high ranking was 27, was not able to compete for back-to-back gold medals in Olympic women’s tennis at Tokyo 2020 due to injury.

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