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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.
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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Baltacha to return to professional tennis

Elena Baltacha confirms she will return to professional tennis
Elena Baltacha confirms she will return to professional tennis Credit: Press Association

Elena Baltacha has confirmed she will return to professional tennis within 2 weeks after recovering from injury problems.

She made her announcement during a coaching session in Suffolk, attended by Andy Murray's mum Judy, in support of Elena's EBAT charity which aims to make tennis more accessible.

Olympics spark renewed interest in sport

Ipswich tennis player Elena Baltacha is promoting tennis as a sport that youngsters can get involved in. Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP/Press Association Images

When London won the right to host the 2012 Olympic Games it came with a pledge to inspire a new generation of sports stars. Since the heroics of Lewis Smith and the rest of the British gymnastics team one gym club in Peterborough's already reporting a rise in interest from new members.

Other sports are benefitting too and tennis is active in recruiting new young players keen to take up the sport. Click here if you want more details of how to get involved.

Suffolk tennis player pulls out of tournament

Elena Baltacha Credit: AP Photo/Bernat Armangue

Elena Baltacha has been forced to pull out of her second qualifying round match against Laura Robson at the AEGON International after suffering a neck injury.

Baltacha is optimistic about making a swift recovery and is still hoping to play doubles alongside Fed Cup team-mate Anne Keothavong.

Elena said:

“I'm very disappointed because I was really looking forward to playing Laura. My neck was really sore during practice earlier today and the even though the WTA physios worked hard to try to get me ready to play, in the end I had no choice but to pull out of the match."

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