Reigning Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli retires from tennis: “My body just can’t do it anymore”
This is just a complete shocker.
Last month, Marion Bartoli wins the women’s singles title at Wimbledon. Today, she announced her immediate retirement from the sport.
“It’s time for me to retire and to call it a career,” she said. “I feel it’s time for me to walk away, actually.”
Bartoli, 28, made the announcement at a post-match press conference after she lost in the second round of the Western & Southern Open in Ohio.
“Well, it’s never easy, and obviously there is never a time to say it or whatever,” a tearful and red-eyed Bartoli told stunned reporters. “But that was actually the last match of my career. Sorry.”
She said her Achilles’, shoulder, hips and lower back continuously hurt when she played.
“My body just can’t do it anymore,” Bartoli said. “I’ve been already through a lot of injuries since the beginning of the year. I’ve been on the tour for so long, and I really push through and leave it all during that Wimbledon.”
She added: “I really felt I gave all the energy I have left inside my body. I made my dream a reality, and it will stay forever with me, but now my body just can’t cope with everything. I have pain everywhere after 45 minutes or an hour of play. I’ve been doing this for so long, and, yeah, it’s just body-wise, I just can’t do it anymore.”
She retires as the 7th ranked player in the game. I believe this could be the first time a player retired as the reigning Wimbledon champion. Steffi Graf, Justine Henin and Bjorn Borg retired as the reigning French Open champion and Pete Sampras was reigning US Open champion when he retired.