French tennis great Amelie Mauresmo is officially hanging up the racquets. The two-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1 made the announcement today at a press conference in France.
“I don’t want to train anymore,” a teary Mauresmo said. “I had to make a decision, which became evident in the last few months and weeks. When you grow older, it’s more difficult to stay at the top. It’s a bit sad, but this is the right decision. I was lucky enough to have an exceptional career and to experience very strong feelings on the court.”
The 30-year-old Mauresmo won 25 titles including the 2006 Australian Open and 2006 Wimbledon. She also held the No. 1 player for 39 weeks. But the last two years she was rife with injuries and it sounds like the strain eventually caught up with her.
For me, I’m pretty ambivalent on Mauresmo. She was talented no doubt, and often intriguing and controversial. But I will say I admire her game, her accomplishments and all that she went through. In some ways she a little snake bitten, she could do no right. Even when she won her first Slam at the Australian Open she didn’t get the credit because her opponent, Justine Henin, had egregiously retired.
But Mauresmo persevered and finally won match points in a Slam title bout against Henin later that year at Wimbledon.
“After taking time for reflection,” she added. “I finally decided to retire and turn the page.”
Clearly she will be a Hall of Famer, and she will be missed.
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