Caroline Wozniacki – Tennis
With her limited skill-set, Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki made a name for herself and showed the world that there was still space for counter-punchers in modern tennis. She not only survived in an era of big-babe tennis but also reach the pinnacle. Wozniacki was the year-end No. 1 in 2010 and 2011, and she held the top spot for a total of 71 weeks. In December of 2019, Caroline Wozniacki announced that she would retire following the 2020 Australian Open, the tournament where she captured her lone Grand Slam in 2018.
Maria Sharapova – Tennis
Former world no. 1 Maria Sharapova stunned her fans and the whole tennis community when she dropped the ‘retirement bomb’ following her first-round loss at the 2020 Australian Open. In her glittering 19-year-long career, Sharapova won five Grand Slam singles titles, became one of just 10 women to complete the career Grand Slam. The Russian ace also clinched 39 titles overall – 36 in singles and three in doubles. She was ranked No. 1 in the world for a total of 21 weeks. Sharapova also won the silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics and was part of the Russian Fed Cup-winning squad in 2008.
MS Dhoni – Cricket
Unarguably, the biggest sports personality to ‘call time on his career’ – Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s decision to retire was inevitable but the way the former India captain decided to walk away from the limelight was ‘typical Dhoni-Esque’ fashion. With the 2020 T20 World Cup being postponed during the COVID-19 outbreak, the 39-year-old Dhoni send the whole cricketing world into frenzy when he posted an official update on his retirement. He chose August 15 – India’s independence day- as the date to hang his boots from international cricket. He captioned: Thanks! Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs. consider me as Retired.
Suresh Raina – Cricket
Following in the footsteps of his favorite captain and mentor, Suresh Raina also announced his retirement from international cricket within minutes of Dhoni’s announcement. The 33-year-old Raina is among the few who made centuries across formats, having played 18 Tests, 226 ODIs and 78 T20 internationals while scoring 768, 5615 and 1605 runs respectively. Playing for Chennai Super Kings and becoming probably the most consistent IPL players since inception made him a better India player. But again, if Greg Chappell saw a raw talent in the boy from Lucknow Sports College, Dhoni knew how to use him.
Mike and Bob Bryan – Tennis
There’s no better partnership than ‘The Bryan Brothers’ in Tennis history. Mike and Bob Bryan are the most successful team of all time in men’s doubles, with most number of match wins, ATP titles, Masters Trophies, year-end triumphs and Grand Slams than any other men’s doubles pair. The 10-time year-end No. 1s, known for their signature chest bump celebration. As a team, the 42-year-old twins won astounding Open record 119 titles, including 16 majors, 39 ATP Masters 1000s, four ATP Finals and an Olympic gold medal at the 2012 London Games. The American brothers were the perfect ambassadors for doubles on and off the court and they increased the popularity of the discipline through their remarkable success.