Adam Rippon is retiring from competitive figure skating, confirming spring comments that his career was likely over.
The 29-year-old Rippon last competed at the Olympics, placing 10th in PyeongChang and earning a team-event bronze medal.
Rippon summarized his career in a note to his younger self, according to CBS News, which reported his retirement Monday morning.
He mentioned failing to make the 2014 Olympic team by placing eighth at nationals, deciding to continue skating, coming out in October 2015, winning the U.S. title in January 2016 and becoming the oldest U.S. Olympic rookie singles skater in 82 years, one year after breaking his foot.
“You will look in the mirror, and you will see someone you like,” Rippon wrote, according to the report. “You will look in the mirror and finally see a winner looking back at you. Now go out and conquer the world.”
Rippon said in June that he had “a lot of opportunities” to explore outside of skating. He’s currently a judge on “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors,” after beating Tonya Harding in May to become the sixth Olympian to win “Dancing with the Stars.”
“I’m always going to stay involved in skating,” Rippon said in June. “It’s always going to be a part of me. It’s a part of who I am for the past 20 years. It’s impossible to leave that.”
No. 1 Iga Swiatek of Poland is favored to claim a third French Open title, a year after beating American Coco Gauff in the final. She bids to join Serena Williams and Justine Henin as the lone women to win the French Open three or more times since 2000.
Two Americans are ranked in the top six in the world — No. 3 Jessica Pegula and Gauff.
The last American to win a major singles title was Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought matches the longest in history (since 1877) for American men and women combined.
But the No. 1 seed is Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, who won last year’s U.S. Open to become, at 19, the youngest man to win a major since Nadal’s first French Open title in 2005.
Now Alcaraz looks to become the second-youngest man to win at Roland Garros since 1989, after Nadal of course.
Alcaraz missed the Australian Open in January due to a right leg injury, but since went 30-3 with four titles. Notably, he has not faced Djokovic this year. They could meet in the semifinals.
Russian Daniil Medvedev, the No. 2 seed, was upset in the first round by 172nd-ranked Brazilian qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild. It marked the first time a men’s top-two seed lost in the first round of any major since 2003 Wimbledon (Ivo Karlovic d. Lleyton Hewitt).
No. 9 Taylor Fritz, No. 12 Frances Tiafoe and No. 16 Tommy Paul are the highest-seeded Americans, all looking to become the first U.S. man to make the French Open quarterfinals since Andre Agassi in 2003. Since then, five different American men combined to make the fourth round on eight occasions.