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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

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