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.
– Elena Baltacha, former professional tennis player
"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. "