Monica Puig will continue to be associated with tennis, but is no longer a player.
The Puerto Rican Olympic gold medalist has officially hung up on his fraud after failing to cope with various injuries.
Puig, who presented the first gold medal to Puerto Rico at the 2016 Rio Olympics, will now continue as a commentator for ESPN Deportes, with which he made the official announcement in a press release. Their social networks.
“This is a special day for me because I am announcing my retirement from tennis. It is very difficult because in these two years I have tried to achieve my best. Let it be day by day as surgery, rehab, and I have achieved that. My body is no more. I had to make this difficult decision at the moment already mentioned. I know a better future awaits me, but it will not be a professional tennis player, “the 28-year-old said with tears in his eyes.
“I feel like tennis has moved away from me and it has moved to where it needs to be. My body can no longer compete with strong shots like this. Life stole something very important to me, but at the same time a door was opened. With ESPN they made me feel at home. But this door is for me with ESPN Opens, and I’m thankful for this new phase, “the player told reporter Carolina Gillen.
“I’m going to have second shoulder surgery and I told my mom I wanted to try again. We had a positive attitude that we could compete at the highest level. But the shoulder was not the same since I competed. First I talked to my mom about it and wondered if I could compete again. See, see if the situation improves, but thanks to God who was with me in Madrid, we talked a lot there, ”he added.
Puykum announced Who will get married With American athlete Nathan Rocket at the end of 2022, As part of his future plans, he got engaged last year.
Last May, Puerto Rican had to withdraw from its first round match due to discomfort in his right arm at the Saint Mallo Open in France. Puig faced French Fiona Ferro and left the court in favor of the host 2-1 in the first set.
The Olympic medalist was treated by the competition’s medical staff and tried to return to court, but did not want to risk it. Before that, and 30-40 down, Puig tried to hit a backhand shot and fell into his other hand. But that fall had nothing to do with the discomfort that made her retreat, as confirmed by her agent Marijn Paul.
Puyk did not play in the international tournament in Strasbourg and announced that he would not be playing in the Grand Slam tournament at Roland Garros in Paris after suffering a setback due to a right shoulder injury.
“There are so many people I want to thank. Of course my family, my mom, my dad, my brother, my fianc மனைவிe, all of my coaches, my agent Marijin, who have been with me on this crazy roller coaster since day one. Paul, IMG, WTA, PRTA, COPUR, sponsors and, of course, my fans, without you, I would not have had the courage to fight day by day for my dreams. Thank you for always supporting me. Thank you for being my strength and my home. Thank you for giving me so much joy and love.
Puig became champion at the Central American and Caribbean Games, winning individual gold in the 2010, 2014 and 2018 editions. He won silver at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara.
Puerto Rican is ranked 26th in the world after winning the Olympic gold medal in 2016 and has two wins on the WTA circuit and six wins at the ITF.
When he retired, Puig was ranked 1,175th in the world.