The 2013 Wimbledon champion has abondoned her plans to play professionally. Former World No.7 and Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has decided to abandon her plans to come back to professional tennis, due to shoulder issues that have restricted her training.
"To my dismay I must unfortunately stop my attempt to comeback,” Bartoli posted in French on social media. “In effect, the necessary increases in doses of workouts to try and find my best level caused pain to my right shoulder again.”
A mon grand désarroi je dois malheureusement arrêter ma tentative de comeback. En effet l'augmentation nécessaire des doses d'entraînements pour tenter de retrouver mon meilleur niveau, entraînent des douleurs à nouveau à mon épaule droite pic.twitter.com/pFnubgrmTe
— Marion bartoli (@bartoli_marion) June 13, 2018
Bartoli announced comeback plans last year and had targeted the Miami Open as her first event. After playing against Serena Williams in an exhibition at Madison Square Garden in early March she delayed her plans to have more time to reach peak fitness.
Bartoli expressed plans to stay involved in the game as a mentor or coach in the coming years.
“Nevertheless, I have a profound desire to convey the high level I have learnt, and so I would like to invest this into training a player, to help her exploit her full potential."
Bartoli, 33, earned eight WTA titles and won 490 matches in her career. The Puy en Velay, France native reached the quarterfinals of all four majors and was also a runner-up at Wimbledon in 2007.