"I love my tennis identity. It's given me so much in life and it's part of who I am. I've worked so hard for everything I've done on court and I think I enjoy having that part of me."
The TENNIS.com Podcast catches up with Caroline Wozniacki this week to talk about her retirement, the launch of Advantage Hers, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, her friendship with Serena Williams, her relationship with her dad, and a lot more.
Wozniacki picked up 30 titles during a successful career that spanned 15 years. Coming from the small nation of Denmark, she'd do her first media interview at eight years old and her natural young talent helped her develop a great relationship with the media that's continued today.
Turning pro at 15 in 2005, Wozniacki would skyrocket all the way to No. 1 by 2010 and finish as the year-end No. 1 two years in a row.
"Being No. 1 in the world of anything is pretty cool," the 30-year-old says. "And in tennis, in sport, in the biggest women's sport in the world, I think that's something nobody can ever take away from you."
An incredibly consistent performer, the Dane won at least one title every year from 2008 until 2018. She picked up her then-biggest title at the 2017 WTA Finals and followed that with her first Grand Slam title at the 2018 Australian Open.
By that year's end, she revealed a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. She'd continue her career for another season before announcing her retirement and playing her final match in the third round of the 2020 Australian Open.
Since leaving the tour, Wozniacki has jumped into a new post-tennis life that has involved filming a TV show that follows her up Mount Kilimanjaro, quarantining with her husband David Lee—a former NBA champion, working out a lot and preparing for commentary.
"It's been really nice that I can just take a deep breath and recharge and now I'm ready to do more stuff and I'm excited for it," she says.
She just launched Advantage Hers, an awareness and empowerment campaign for women living with chronic inflammatory diseases. As expected, Wozniacki has taken her signature positive attitude from the court into tackling inflammatory diseases.
"Sometimes the disease will have an advantage over us, but most of the time we're going to try and beat the disease," she says. "And it's all about not getting frustrated when sometimes we have a bad day and just look for the most positive in every day I try and feel as good as healthy as possible."
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