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COVID-19 forces 21-year-old British tennis player to retire

The sporting world is no stranger to witnessing a lot of its players hang their boots up due to medical conditions, but Tanysha Dissanayake’s shock retirement due to COVID-19 came as an eyebrow-raiser for many. The 21-year-old tennis player cited that a prolonged stint with COVID is the reason why she is calling time on her playing career. 

The sporting world is no stranger to witnessing a lot of its players hang their boots up due to medical conditions, but Tanysha Dissanayake’s shock retirement due to COVID-19 came as an eyebrow-raiser for many. The 21-year-old tennis player cited that a prolonged stint with COVID is the reason why she is calling time on her playing career. 

She competed in the ITF circuit plenty of times and reached a ranking of 1,056 in women’s individuals back in 2020. She was on course to making inroads in doubles too, reaching a career-best ranking of 1,068 a couple of years ago. 

Dissanayake started playing tennis at the young age of 5 and traveled to many countries on this journey to make her mark. However, things started to go downhill after she contracted COVID-19 in July 2021. The illness continued for too long, which had a significant impact on her fitness. 

She took to social media to confirm that her career as a tennis player is over and thanked everyone who supported her in this journey. She also added that it was the toughest decision she had to take in her carer. 

“I don’t know a life without tennis in it but this sport has taught me so much and I know that great things are in store. I couldn’t be more grateful to everyone who has supported me throughout! I have made the best memories with the best people and I wouldn’t change it for the world! Tennis- I love you but that’s goodbye from me,” she said in an Instagram post.

In another interview with Sky Sports, Dissanayake also added that she was bedridden most of the time. She mentioned that she was unable to do a lot of simple things easily and has been resting most of the time. The Brit played her last professional game in June 2021, where she featured in the singles and doubles in a tournament hosted by Greece. 

Similar news broke out in football just a couple of days ago, when Brighton footballer Enock Mwepu announced his retirement from the game due to hereditary heart disease at the young age of 24.