Carla Suárez said goodbye to tennis on Wednesday at the Billie Jean King Cup Finals. The Canarian, who did not play in the tie against the United States, in which the Selection was eliminated, received an emotional tribute at the O2 Arena in Prague, with a video dedicated to her and the delivery of a bouquet of flowers, while the public and the two teams applauded her.
– Billie Jean King Cup (@BJKCup) November 4, 2021
The canary, who could barely contain her tears, spoke about this farewell at a press conference. “It was very special, I have felt the love of everyone throughout this year, and here with the team I have really enjoyed this week”he explained. “The perfect farewell would have been with the trophy, but the week has been very special for me, and that’s why I tried to be here and spoke with Anabel (Medina). Tennis is an individual sport and tournaments like this are totally different. I want to to thank all the team that have welcomed me these last days, “he added.
As emotional as it is unforgettable! 😢🇪🇸
The farewell of a champion, @CarlaSuarezNava
– Billie Jean King Cup (@BJKCup_es) November 3, 2021
He also reflected a bit on his career: “I am proud of the way I have played, the way I have behaved with people. I have always tried to respect everyone and be nice. So I am proud of my career and I say goodbye with a big smile on my face. ” The legendary Billie Jean King thanked her for her efforts, after overcoming cancer, in an emotional message after speaking personally with her.
💫 “Hope, courage and inspiration” 💫
– Billie Jean King Cup (@BJKCup) November 3, 2021
A future in tennis
Carla also spoke about a possible future related to tennis, although now she will be away from the courts for a while, since she intends to start a family. “I’ve been in tennis for many years, I know my teammates well, they all know me very well and I’m never going to close doors. Today I am not going to say yes, because I want to disconnect, start a new stage. But tennis has been my life, it has taught me practically everything and if one day they call me because they need something from me, the first thing I will do is listen and then decide “.