AUSTRALIAN tennis player Casey Dellacqua has announced his retirement from the sport to spend more time with her young family.
The 33-year-old sent a video to his social media accounts on Tuesday to mark the end of his career, with effect immediately.
Dellacqua says she decided to step away from the game to devote more time to her partner Amanda Judd and children Blake and Andie.
"It's something I've been thinking for a while, and I certainly feel it's the right time to hang up on the rackets and be a mom," said Dellacqua. "It's time for me to spend time with my family, especially while my children are young."
"It's a valuable time in my life, and I want to be home with my family." Dellacqua reached a career high 26 ranking in September 2014, but had focused on his successful dual career after getting a comeback in 2017 after a serious head injury.
A drop in China Open in October 2015 so her suffering from concussion symptoms that saw her side line from play for more than a year.
Dellacqua spoke of the "terrible fear" she experienced after the freak accident and the dramatic influence it had on her life.
She bends out after helping Australia win their Fed Cup tie against Ukraine in February to reach the World Group qualifying contests.
Dellacqua reignited her successful combination with Ashleigh Barty to help win the crucial double rubber on her birthday.
"One thing I want to miss if professional tennis is playing for Australia," said Dellacqua.
"It was always the highlight of my career and that's something I would always appreciate having these memories represented my country." West australia won a mixed doubles grand slam in 2011, partnership with american Scott Lipsky to take the French open out.
She reached seven double-ended Grand Slam finals, including last year's French open decides with Barty, but could not break through to a crown.
They became the first full Australian women's mating to make the final to Roland Garros for 46 years.
Thus, Dellacqua and Barty were the first Australian partners in the open era to qualify for all women's Grand Slam doubles finals after reaching the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open Deciders in 2013.
Her best singles result in grand slams reached the fourth round of the Australian Open twice (2008, 2014) and the US Open in 2014.
Dellacqua gained strong support from the court to consider Margaret Court's controversial views of the same sex marriage.
She hit last year by tweeting "Margaret. Enough is enough". The statement was accompanied by the Court's public letter, in which the 24-year-old Grand Slam Singles champion complained that Dellacqua's "child has been deprived of his father".
"I know my partner and I do a great job at parents and we love these children and the children will always have our love and they see us in a very respectful relationship," Dellacqua said in June 2017.