Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli announces surprise return to tennis and sets sights on grand slams

Marion Bartoli has introduced a surprise return to tennis and set her sights on comeback glory on the French Open and Wimbledon. 

The 33-year-old, who received her solely grand slam title in 2013 at Wimbledon, retired from the game quickly after that success, citing insufferable ache following a collection of harm issues and admitting her physique might now not cope.

But she was noticed coaching on the French Tennis Federation through the autumn, sparking rumours of a possible return, and the French participant confirmed that she is again. 

“I’m coming back this year on the professional tour,” Bartoli introduced in a video on Eurosport. “It’s going to be huge challenge, I have still a lot of practice ahead of me, but I’m hoping to ready for March and the Miami Open. I’m really looking forward to be on the court again… especially in Paris in Roland Garros, in my home country but also for the Fed Cup … and Wimbledon. I’m so looking for it.” 

In revealing her resolution to retire 4 years in the past, Bartoli stated: “You by no means form of know earlier than it’s going to be your final match, however I felt that manner after the match. I felt I simply couldn’t do that any extra. After one set, my entire physique was in ache.

“Everyone will remember my Wimbledon title. No one will remember the last match I played here. There are so many things to do in life rather than playing tennis, so I’m sure I will find something.”

Bartoli stated she had suffered a succession of accidents, notably an Achilles drawback that had troubled her on the onerous courts.


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