Casey Dellacqua faces an uncertain tennis future after stepping away from the WTA tour to deal with lingering effects from a concussion.
24 May 2016 - 11:25 AM  UPDATED 24 May 2016 - 11:30 AM

Lingering effects from a concussion suffered more than six months ago have forced Casey Dellacqua to step away from tennis.

A nasty fall at October's Beijing Open continues to plague Dellacqua, 31, the 2011 French Open mixed doubles champion and six-time women's doubles grand slam finalist.

She missed the Australian Open this year as she struggled with post-concussion syndrome, suffering headaches and neck pain.

On the eve of the French Open, the doubles specialist announced on Instagram she needed time away from the sport to improve her health.


Her management said Dellacqua would miss the grass court season, including Wimbledon, with no specific return date.

The West Australian has played a handful of doubles events after the Australian Open, including a crucial role in Australia's Fed Cup win over Slovakia in February where she won the decisive doubles tie with Sam Stosur.

The former world No.26 has played just one singles match since October - a 6-1 6-0 loss to Bulgarian world No.105 Tsvetana Pironkova in March.