Australian Open 2023: Sam Stosur ready for tennis career after retirement

Sam Stosur may retire after the Aus Open, but don’t expect her to just sail off into the sunset. The former world No. 4 is not done with tennis.

Sam Stosur may be retiring, but don’t expect her to sail into the sunset as the Aussie tennis star is poised to usher in the next generation with a post-career role.

Stosur, the 2011 US Open champion, announced her retirement on Saturday night, closing the curtain on a decade-long career that began in 1999.

On Sunday, the 38-year-old said she was keen to work in the sport “in any capacity” as Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley insisted it would not be the last time she faced the press faced.

“I definitely want to stay in tennis. It’s been my whole life. I couldn’t imagine not coming to the National Tennis Center in a month or anything,” Stosur said.

“I would still like to volunteer in any capacity. (We have yet to) work out exactly what that will be.

“I’m too passionate about it, too invested in what all the other players are doing, to just walk away.”

Stosur is retiring from her playing career at a tricky time for Australian women’s tennis, which had already lost superstar Ash Barty to retirement.

On Saturday, she lost her next big hope, Ajla Tomljanovic, to injury, with the Croatian-born 29-year-old retiring from the tournament with knee problems.

Always optimistic, Stosur said it would only take one of Australia’s young competitors to crack the top 100 before the rest followed.

“They are great people, really good players who are striving to become the next group that can really consolidate their place in the top 100,” Stosur said of Australia’s young generation.

“I’m sure they’ll make it one day. You just have to clear the next small hurdle. All of them were somewhere between 100 and 130, came close, dropped out.

“I think success drives success. It will only take one to maybe get through the next spot and we’ll see more come through.”

Not surprisingly, Stosur said the highlight of her own career was winning the US Open when she defeated Serena Williams in straight sets.

“That’s obviously the pinnacle of what every player wants to do, win a Grand Slam,” she said.

“It was certainly a dream of mine to achieve that and I did it. It’s a moment I’ll never forget.”

Tiley paid tribute to Stosur in the media room at Melbourne Park, presented her with a bouquet of flowers and described her as “a shining light for every single athlete or coach”.

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