Amelie Mauresmo retires from professional tennis at 30
Amelie Mauresmo, who started her tennis career in 1993, announced her retirement from professional tennis in a press conference in France.
“I came here to announce the end of my career. I made this decision after careful consideration,” Mauresmo said.
“I don’t want to train anymore,” Mauresmo said after shedding tears about the decision. “I had to make a decision, which became evident in the last few months and weeks. When you grew older, it’s more difficult to stay at the top.”
“It’s a bit sad, but this is the right decision,” Mauresmo said. “I was lucky enough to have an exceptional career and to experience very strong feelings on the court.”
“It became very hard in build-up to the U.S. Open,” Mauresmo said. “If I were able to enter the court, play and shine, of course I could continue, but to achieve this you need to put in such hard work. And I’m not capable of that.”
Mauresmo said she has no regrets and feels very proud.
“I dreamt of this career, I dreamt of winning a Grand Slam title,” she said. “I lifted trophies in every city in the world and I lived 10 magical and unbelievable years.”
Mauresmo ruled out the idea of a farewell season.
“I watched (compatriot) Fabrice (Santoro) do it and that is something that really does not appeal to me,” said Mauresmo.
Mauresmo was number 1 in the WTA rankings in September 2004 and won two grand slam titles,the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
Her career had great moments but also had difficult ones … Following her Antwerp Diamond Games victory in 2007, she took longer than expected to recover from an appendectomy and suffered a series of injuries.
Amelie though about retirement for a long time but at the beginning of the 2009 season she claim the Paris Open title and she looked renew.
However, she failed to maintain the momentum, she was out of Roland Garros early and the lost to Dinara Safina in the fourth round at Wimbledon.
Mauresmo had not played competitive tennis since losing to Aleksandra Wozniak in the second round of the US Open.
Amelie was one of my favorite tennis players and I will really miss her… I bet you will miss her too… Good luck Amelie!!!!
“Amelie will go down in history as one of the best players of her generation and a terrific ambassador for women’s tennis,” WTA Tour chairman Stacey Allaster said. “Amelie is an extraordinary player, one of the nicest and friendliest personalities on Tour, and a true champion both in tennis and in life.”
Asked about a possible comeback, Mauresmo said her decision was definitive.
“Even if I’ve learned to never say never,” the Frenchwoman said. “The players you are thinking about stopped earlier than me before coming back.”
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