Ipswich tennis star retires

Ipswich tennis star and former British number one Elena Baltacha has retired from professional tennis with immediate effect.

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Baltacha happy with decision after announcing retirement

Ipswich tennis star Elena Baltacha has told the Lawn Tennis Association that "it feels like the right time" to being her tennis career to a close.

The former British number one announced her retirement from the sport with immediate effect this morning.

"It just feels it's the right time. 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 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 am very committed to my Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis (EBAT), which I started with my coach Nino Severino. We believe that no matter what background you are from, that all children, rich or poor, should have the opportunity to play tennis. "

– Elena Baltacha, former professional tennis player

Baltacha calls time on tennis career

Ipswich tennis star and former British number one Elena Baltacha has announced her retirement. Credit: PA

Ipswich tennis star and former British number one Elena Baltacha has announced her retirement from professional tennis with immediate effect.

The 30-year-old broke into the world's top 50 at the height of her playing career back in 2010, but has struggled for form in recent times.

Baltacha hopes to remain in tennis, with her commitment now likely to be focussed on her tennis academy.

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