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Bartoli decides to end comeback plans

13th June 2018, 15:02 by Jack Ogalbe

Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has confirmed she has abandoned her comeback to the sport.

The Frenchwoman retired from tennis six weeks after her SW19 triumph in 2013 and has spent time working in the media, earning praise for her insight.

However, after illness caused her to significantly lose weight, she decided to pick up her racket again and announced in December 2017 that she would attempt to make it back onto the WTA Tour.

March's Miami Open was her initial goal, only for her to postpone until the American hard-court season over the summer.

Unfortunately, the 33-year-old has confirmed she has called time on her attempt to make it back into the competitive arena, citing problems with her right shoulder.

Instead, she is now looking to continue her media work, while also moving into coaching.

"To my dismay I must unfortunately stop my comeback attempt," the Frenchwoman wrote on Twitter.

"The necessary increase of training doses to try to find my best level caused pain again to my right shoulder, which become incompatible with a recovery at the highest level.

"I want to thank everyone who accompanied me on this wonderful human adventure. I will now take the time to reflect on the various professional projects available to me.

"Nevertheless, I have a deep desire to transmit all that the very high level has taught me, and I therefore want to invest myself in the training of a player to help her maximise her potential."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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