Marion Bartoli Has Retired From Tennis
by Staff | August 15th, 2013, 12:00 am
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Just a month after capturing her first Grand Slam at Wimbledon, Marion Bartoli is hanging up her racquets and retiring from tennis effective immediately. The unorthodox Frenchwoman made the stunning announcement this evening after losing in the second round at the Cincinnati Masters to Simona Halep 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

In a tearful press conference tonight, the 28-year-old cited continued pain from injuries as the reason for her abrupt retirement. Bartoli, who turned pro in 2000, finishes her career with 8 WTA titles (most recently and most notably Wimbledon) over $11 million in earnings and she’ll leave the sport at a career-high No. 7 in the rankings.

Earlier in the day Bartoli seemed exicited to play next week in New Haven, from this tweet:

Quotes from Bartoli’s announcement were shared on the WTA website:

On why…
“My body just can’t do it anymore. I’ve already been through a lot of injuries since the beginning of the year. I’ve been on the tour for so long, and I really pushed through and left it all during that Wimbledon. I really felt I gave all the energy I have left in my body. I made my dream a reality and it will stay with me forever, 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. I just can’t do it anymore.”

On whether she knew going into the match that it would be her last…
“Well, you never know before the match that it’s going to be your last match, but I felt that way after the match. I felt I just couldn’t do this anymore. After one set, my whole body was in pain.

“It’s been a tough decision to make. I didn’t make this decision easily. I mean, I’ve been a tennis player for a long time, and I had the chance to make my biggest dream a reality. I felt I really, really pushed through the ultimate limits to make it happen. But now I just can’t do it anymore.”

On whether she had been thinking about it for a while…
“It’s hard to explain, but when you dream about something for so long and you’ve been on tour for many, many, many years and you’ve been through ups and downs and highs and lows and already a lot of injuries since the beginning of the year, my body was really starting to fall apart, and I was able to keep it together, go through a lot of pain throughout Wimbledon, and still make it happen. That was probably the last little bit of something that was left inside me. It’s fine. I have the right to do something else as well. I’ve been playing for a long, long time, and it’s time for me now. It is.”

On whether she discussed it with her dad…
“I called him, yes. But my dad knows me enough to know it a bit when he saw me leaving home for the States. He kind of felt I was tired and I was exhausted, and he was not surprised by the decision.

“He said, ‘I kind of felt it. I can see it in your eyes and see your body and I know all the work you’ve done to make it happen. I’m so proud of you. I will support you in anything you’re doing.’”

On where the pain is exactly…
“My Achilles is hurting me a lot, so I can’t really walk normally after a match like that, especially on the hardcourts when the surface is so hard. And my shoulder and my hips and my lower back. The body of a tennis player, you’ve been using it for so many years, and, yeah, my body is just done.”

On how she went from a really good first set to this decision…
“As a tennis player you have to be at 100%. And I’m this kind of person, when I’m doing something, I’m doing it 100%. If I have to be on the practice court preparing for the next tournament tomorrow, I won’t be at 100%, because my mind is not there, my heart is not there, and I can’t lie like that.

“I’m too honest and too true to my values to be there, not really 100%. I think that would be unfair for all my team, and I don’t choose to do that. I don’t have those values. That’s not the way I’ve been raised. That’s not the way I am. So I prefer to stay true to myself rather than just cheating.”

On what she’s most proud of from her career…
“I think being the same person, being honest, being loyal to my friends, to my teams, to the people who have been helping me along the way, the people who have been working with us throughout all the years. I always respect them, and I felt I always respected everyone. I think if people ask, ‘How is Marion Bartoli?’ They will always respond, ‘She’s a nice person.’ That’s what I’m most proud of.”

On what she will do now…
“I haven’t thought about it so much. There are so many things to do in life rather than playing tennis, so I’m sure I’ll find something. I just need a bit of time to settle down. “There is some excitement as a tennis player. There is a lot of excitement as a woman. There is a lot of excitement as a wife. There is a lot of excitement as a mother. There is a lot of excitement to come up. Obviously I’m excited to live my future, but I will have time to think about it in the months, years to come.”

WTA Chairman & CEO Stacey Allaster: “I congratulate Marion on her long, successful career. She is an inspirational champion and a great ambassador for women’s tennis that has dedicated her life to the sport and given so much back to the game. Fans and everyone at the WTA will surely miss Marion’s energy and passion for our sport. I am so proud of her for who she is, her values, and for fighting to realize her dream of winning Wimbledon. We all wish her the best as she enters the next chapter of her life.”


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24 Comments for Marion Bartoli Has Retired From Tennis

ertorque Says:

Wishing her all the best in her future endeavours. Will be difficult to find another double backbander off both sides in the future


ertorque Says:

I should say double hander instead


nadalista Says:

RT: @GBtennis: “Surprised though not shocked by Marion Bartoli’s retirement. She certainly went out on a high! Hope Muzz doesn’t get any ideas though .. ;-)”


nadalista Says:

RT: @SI_BTBaseline: “Tsonga out of US Open. MT @carole_bouchard L’Equipe exclusive: Knee not healed, Jo doesn’t wanna take any risk : http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/Actualites/Tsonga-renonce/392968 …”


Tootie Says:

Marion is finishing in the top ten and won Wimbledon; she has a lot to be proud of! She is so sweet. If I were permitted to be a matchmaker, I would put her and Novak together in marriage.

All the best in Jesus to Marion.


Trilby Says:

Sad news. Her quirks and tics were distracting and irritating but I’d really warmed to her this past year when she and her father went their separate ways and started opening up during interviews. So glad her determination was rewarded by a Grand Slam win. But I can’t help wondering whether her physical problems may not have been exacerbated – or even precipitated – by all those bizarre training rituals her father developed. He may be a physician but that doesn’t make him an expert in human kinesiology. I hope she doesn’t suffer chronic pain once the current injuries have healed. Thank you, Marion, for being an interesting and controversial character in a typically very bland WTA field. Happy retirement. Bon chance!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Now that’s a plot twist nobody expected. An incredible story to fight for so many years, finally win WImbledon and retire. The WTA will be a poorer place without her. She had an incredibly exciting game and entertaining personality.


grendel Says:

Good on Marion. She’s won Wimbledon – imagine! – and now she wants to try something else. Life is short. Seize the day. I admire her immensely.


Humble Rafa Says:

Best wishes Marion. Let the body heal and enjoy life.


mary Says:

Sorry to hear of her retirement. was looking forward to seeing her play at the US Open!


Humble Rafa Says:

On a more serious note, I will miss seeing your serve. It was an act of good. I hope some young player is practicing it right now!


Humble Rafa Says:

*Act of God


roy Says:

funny thing about carrying 10kg extra your whole career, tends to be bad for the ol’ joints.
but hey, it’s the wta, where fitness is optional.

see you in a few years when you realise the grass isn’t greener, like ever other top female tennis player who retires in their twenties and enters a vacuum.

on the other hand marion is a self-confessed genius, so perhaps we should expect some physics papers in the coming years, if she can find time between all those other intellectual pursuits of hers, like cherishing lady gaga.


RZ Says:

I’ll miss her. She added personality and flair to the women’s game, and her quotes weren’t the typical robotic responses that some players give. She got a lot of flak for being different, but handled it all gracefully. Way to go out on top, Marion!


Brando Says:

I frigging loved her! F!ck! The complete opposite of her peers: unconventional, non conformist on and off court, oozed personality as opposed to PR dullness, likable, warm presence as opposed to another diva in a long line of diva’s! Marion: you’ll be missed dearly. Thanks for the good times and hope you go and enjoy a joyful life!


skeezer Says:

She has over 11 mil, and a Grand Slam Wimbledon title. Retire? Why not? Enjoy it!


skeezer Says:

@roy

So nice to have a poster like you who has so many positive things to say about the tennis game. Thank you for giving us all such uplifting posts about the game.


Tennis x Hippy Chic Says:

Marion was one of the most colourful characters on the womens tour,like Brando said a refreshing change from those who conformed to a certain stereotype,also nice to see a female that went on the court looking like a tennis player,rather than a bejewlled dolly bird,she wasnt to everybodys taste,but i wish her all the best in her retirement.


SG1 Says:

With an IQ of 170, she’s too smart to play tennis for a living anyway.


Jack Lewis Says:

It’s pretty obvious that Bartoli’s retirement has affected roy at a deep personal level.
Hopefully with some therapy he might recover somewhat.


RZ Says:

This quote is one of the reasons why I will miss Marion Bartoli: “I am not blonde, yes. Have I dreamt about having a model contract? No. But have I dreamed about winning Wimbledon? Absolutely.” Shows how classy and eloquent she could be in responding to the many derogatory comments made about her. Shame that some color and personality is gone from the women’s tour.


Tennis x Hippy Chic Says:

IMO Marion might not be the stereotypical blonde model type of player ala Sharapova or Kirilenko,but personally i think shes a very beautiful looking woman,and she can retire happily having won the GS Holy Grail that is Wimbledon,good luck to her in her future endeavors,and Roy you really are a little ray of sunshine eerr not(sigh).


andrea Says:

even in retirement she’s unconventional! what an announcement. good luck marion!

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