Marion Bartoli of Frenh told reporters during the Western & Southern Open that she decided to retire, explaining she could no longer deal with the continuous pain on the court.
The sudden announcement comes only two months after the champion pushed through the pain to win her greatest championship on Wimbledon’s chewed-up grass, reports The Huffington Post.
“My body was really starting to fall apart and I was able to keep it together, go through the pain – with a lot of pain – throughout this Wimbledon and make it happen,” the 28-year-old French player said, tears running down her cheeks.
“That was probably the last little bit of something that was left inside me. I’ve been playing for a long, long, long time, and it’s time for me now. It is.”
Bartoli was seeded 15th when she eclipsed Sabine Lisicki to win the title at the All England Club, ending the match with an ace.
The French champion rushed to the stands to hug her father, Walter, a doctor who drove her 100 miles or so to tournaments in France when she was a child.
After spending one more painful math on court during a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 loss to Simona Halep on Wednesday night, Bartoli called her father and came to her decision.
“I have pain everywhere after 45 minutes or an hour of play,” she said. “I’ve been doing this for so long. And yeah, it’s just body-wise, I can’t do it anymore.”
“He understood; he even sensed it,” Bartoli said in French of her farther. “And he is just so proud of me: what I did to be able to make it and he will support me in all my projects. He was not at all telling me, ‘But no, you will continue.’ Quite the contrary. He is very happy for me, for all I did. He is very proud and that is the most important.”
The Wimbeldon champion constantly felt pain because of an injured left foot, right ankle, right hamstring and Achilles tendon injury. The woman reealed that she felt excruciating pain in every part of her body while she was on the court Wednesday.
“She reached a career-high ranking of No. 7 at the start of the 2012 season, but a Grand Slam title eluded her. Bartoli finally won at Wimbledon in her 47th Grand Slam tournament, the most by any woman before winning one. After that title, her ranking moved back to No. 7,” The Huffington Post reminds.
She decided to retire without fanfare or second guesses.
“You know, everyone will remember my Wimbledon title,” she said. “No one will remember the last match I played here.”
“It’s been a tough decision to take. I don’t take this easily. I mean, I’ve been a tennis player for a long time and I had a 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,” Bartoli added.