Only two months ago I wrote an article “Is it time for Jelena Jankovic to retire?” and if Serbian media are telling the truth, the former world No.1 indeed wants to end her tennis career, but her mother doesn’t agree with that choice.
Even though she still loves to fight and play tennis, Jankovic’s body is letting her down, which has resulted in her loss of self-esteem and motivation. Because of the fact that she can’t play at the desired level, after giving it a lot of thought, Jankovic realized that it would be best for her to retire, but her mother has other plans, which is further stressing the 32-year-old out. With her 2017 win-loss record being 9/18, the Serbian WTA star would like to call it quits even this fall, shifting her attention to private life and finding the right guy with whom she could start a family.
However, being greatly attached to her mother, JJ is torn between her instincts and her family’s desires and is currently going through a difficult period. Even though she retired from her last match at the Citi Open, citing a low back injury, Jankovic is already in New York, where her first-round US Open match against Petra Kvitova is first on Louis Armstrong Stadium on Monday at 11 a.m. local time.
JJ is my favorite character on the WTA tour and I hate to see her suffer. I’d love her to play for many more years, but if she feels that her body is saying “no”, she should listen to her gut and confront her mother. Part of being a grown-up is taking responsibility for your own choices and doing what you think you should do, even if your loved ones disagree. In the long run, her mother will accept her decision and respect her for being brave enough to live her own life.