Caroline Wozniacki sat down with Jon Wertheim just over a week after playing her final match. The 29-year-old Dane retired after losing in the third round of the Australian Open to Ons Jabuer.
Here are five takeaways from her "exit interview":
Wozniacki was most surprised by how emotional she was to say goodbye to Melbourne Arena. Her family and husband David Lee joined her on court.
"I think I just surprised me how special and emotional that was going to be," she said.
This is very emotional for me to write but @carowozniacki you are my biggest inspiration and I’m going to miss you compete on the tour. BUT I can’t wait to compete with you in different things in life and I know I’m up for a big challenge but I can’t wait ❤️❤️ I love you with all of my heart❤️ you have inspired so many people with you lion heart, beautiful smile and the wonderful person ❤️
The crowd stood up to sing "Sweet Caroline" as she did her final walk around. It's a song that's often played for Wozniacki, most memorably when she won the 2018 Australian Open.
Wow what a ride it’s been! From a little girl with a big dream, to this moment, standing on the court today living out my tennis dream one last time, in front of the world. It has been everything I could ever have hoped for! The farewell I got today was absolutely incredible! Watching this video still gives me goose bumps! Thank you everyone for all the love and support over the years! Excited for what the future holds!❤️
While Wozniacki will not get to experience another Olympic games this year, she did name Rio 2016 as her most precious career moment. She was the flag bearer Denmark, and would lose in the third round.
"Leading out your country to the Olympics where there's a billion people watching, I think that's something I will never forget," she said.
She'll cherish her friendships a lot. The former world No. 1's most famous pal is Serena Williams, who she played her last doubles event with in Auckland. They would reach the final.
The 30-time WTA champion is going on a week-long vacation with Lee, to an undisclosed destination. The two got married last year in Italy, and have taken many luxurious vacations together.
"That's going to be nice—just recharge, relax and enjoy," she said.