Cape Town - After more than 15 years
competing on the international tennis tour, South Africa's Chani Scheepers has
confirmed her retirement.
“I’ve decided to officially
retire from playing professional tennis. It’s been an honour to represent South
Africa around the world and I’m proud of all I’ve achieved throughout my
career. I’ve had some amazing experiences and will have great memories of my
time on tour. Some of the highlights I’ll remember are winning my first WTA
singles title in Guangzhou, reaching the doubles semi-finals at Wimbledon and
helping the South African team earn promotion in Fed Cup. I’m looking forward
to starting the next chapter now, and will still be travelling a limited
schedule on tour coaching Alison Riske, which is an exciting new challenge for
me. A big thank you to everyone who has supported and encouraged me throughout
my playing career. It wouldn’t have been the same wonderful experience without
Born in Harrismith, Free
State, 31-year-old Scheepers turned professional in 2000. Scheepers reached a
career high singles ranking of 37th (October 2011) and doubles ranking of 42nd
Scheepers has won one
singles (Guangzhou 2011) and one doubles title (Strasbourg 2013) on the WTA
tour, as well as 12 singles and 20 doubles titles on the ITF tour
during her career. Scheepers also was also a four-time WTA
doubles runner-up during her career.
Earl Grainger, South African Fed Cup captain said Scheepers “epitomised
the word professionalism”.
“Chani had a great career and will be sorely
missed. I would like to thank Chani for being part of the Fed Cup team
that got promoted to World Group 1. Chani was such an inspiration not only to
myself but to the whole team and the whole of South Africa. I wish Chani
all the best with the road ahead”.
Tennis South Africa president Gavin Crookes said that Scheepers played a huge part in the
promotion and development of the game in South Africa throughout her career.
“Heroes are important and Chani was certainly one of them, a player who
impressed with her professionalism and work ethic and total commitment to being
the best player possible. We salute you Chani and wish you well in your