Former British No. 1 Elena Baltacha has officially announced her retirement from professional tennis competition. Citing injuries and wear and tear, Baltacha admit that her body can simply no longer keep up with the pace.
“It just feels it’s the right time,” Baltacha said in a statement. “My body has taken such a bruising over the last 16 years and that’s finally taken its toll. I have had some amazing experiences through playing tennis — some incredible highs and some very low lows — and I wouldn’t change any of them, but now my mind and my body are telling me it’s time to move on to a new phase of my life.
I still absolutely love tennis and I want to take that passion and put it into learning to be the best coach I can be so that I can take all my experiences as a player and use that to help develop the next generation of British tennis players.”
Baltacha reached a career-high No. 49 in the world rankings in 2010, and earned victories over the likes of Li Na and Francesca Schiavone along the way. Britain’s Fed Cup captain Judy Murray spoke highly of her work ethic and competitive spirit.
“Her work ethic and competitive spirit are second to none,” Murray said. “If we could bottle those qualities, we would have many more top players. She’s the perfect role model for our junior girls.”