Marion Bartoli abandons comeback plans

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DREAM IS OVER: Marion Bartoli, pictured during a Tie Break Tens event in March, is abandoning her comeback plans; Getty Images
Grand Slam champion Marion Bartoli admits her dreams of a professional return are over.

Marion Bartoli has announced on Twitter that she won’t be returning to the WTA Tour.

The 33-year-old Frenchwoman, who retired shortly after winning Wimbledon in 2013 citing chronic injuries as the reason, surprised the tennis world when she first teased a comeback in December last year.

“To my dismay I must unfortunately stop my attempt to comeback. Indeed the necessary increase in the doses of workouts to try to find my best level, cause pain again to my right shoulder,” Bartoli tweeted.

Bartoli’s return was originally slated for March, but after competing in a Tie Break Tens event in New York (where she lost against Serena Williams) she pushed back her return date.

She had told media last month the US Open in August was a more realistic target.

Admitting her shoulder pain would prevent her from competing again at the highest level, Bartoli thanked those who had supported her “adventure”.

Bartoli has worked as a media commentator and fashion designer since her 2013 retirement. During Roland Garros earlier this month she was an on-court announcer.

She tweeted that her focus would now bye on on her “various professional projects” and also expressed interest in coaching.

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