Stosur to bow out of the game after Australian Open
Sam Stosur has made the shock announcement that she will retire from all forms of tennis at the completion of the Australian Open.
Stosur retired from singles 12-months a go and will compete in both the women's and mixed doubles in her 21st and final home grand slam.
The 38-year-old made the announcement via Instagram on the eve of the tournament.
"I feel so happy and grateful to have the opportunity to finish playing at my favourite slam – my home slam – in front of my Aussie fans, friends and family," Stosur said.
"Even though I've made the decision to retire from the sport I absolutely love, a small part of me would be happy to keep playing forever.
"I know I'm going to miss playing competitive tennis, all the amazing experiences and emotions that come with being on the tour, and doing what I've done for nearly my whole life.
"There are so many stand-out matches, some against legends of the sport, that make me look back and think how grateful I am for my career."
Stosur will feature in the mixed doubles with Australia Matt Ebden and will play in the women's double alongside France's Alize Cornet.