Aleksandra Wozniak makes the most of life after tennis
Article by Melissa Boyd / Rosi Media Aleksandra Wozniak has been busy with several projects since retiring from professional tennis in 2018. Aleksandra Wozniak announced her retirement from professional tennis at the end of the 2018 season, after a successful career on the international stage. A native of Blainville, Quebec, she reached No. 21 in the world in 2009 and became the first Quebec player to win a WTA title in the summer of 2008 in Stanford, California. While the 32-year-old would love to be able to continue playing the sport she loves, injuries ultimately prevented her from performing at the highest level she was used to. But that does not mean that she is not enjoying her life after tennis, quite the contrary. "It's a time of rediscovery for me. I take on different challenges and learn new skills. I now have time to do the things I couldn't do while I was playing, so I'm just as busy as before," Wozniak said.
Whether as a marketing director for the company Elixir Wear or as a spokesperson for the Fondation Le Renfort, which aims to improve the quality of life of people living with an intellectual disability or a autism in the greater Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu region, as well as speaking in schools and at various conferences, Wozniak is certainly very busy these days. “My goal is to encourage young people to stay active and lead a healthy lifestyle. I found many different ways to do it, including through tennis,” Wozniak added. Wozniak obtained her coaching certification from Tennis Canada just before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. She hopes the first Aleksandra Wozniak tennis summer camp will go ahead as planned, despite the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus. The camp is scheduled for June 20 to 26 in Blainville on the grounds where she learned very young to play with her father. The same lands that will soon bear his name thanks to the city of Blainville. The camp is open to children from 4 to 12 years old as well as adults and it is always possible to register for the remaining places. Last year, Wozniak took on the role of consultant to Jada Bui, one of the most promising Canadian players of the moment. This is something she would like to do more of in the future, but her main goal is to set up her own tennis academy, following in the footsteps of Rafael Nadal and Chris Evert, among others. "I'm not interested in becoming a coach and traveling full time on the circuit, I've already done that for over 20 years as a player, but I want to give back to the sport that has given me so much and continued to do my part to develop tennis in Canada," says Wozniak.