Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has announced that she will return to tennis in 2017, after four years in retirement.
The 33-year-old quit the sport in August 2013 – mere weeks after winning her only Grand Slam title – citing persistent injury problems but she has now decided to make a shock return.
‘Hi guys I have something to tell you. I am coming back this year on the professional tour,’ she said in a video on Twitter.
‘It’s going to be a huge challenge. I have still a lot of practise ahead of me but I’m hoping to be ready for March and the Miami Open.
‘I’m really looking forward to getting on the court and being in front of you, especially in Paris, of course at Roland Garros in my home country, but also for the Fed Cup and Wimbledon.
‘I’m so looking forward to it.’
Bartoli beat Sabine Lisicki 6-1 6-4 in the 2013 Wimbledon final to win a Slam at the 47th attempt – the longest wait in women’s tennis – while she reached a career-high world No. 7.
The Frenchwoman will join a series of players making their returns to the sport in 2018, with Serena Williams returning from pregnancy, Victoria Azarenka coming back after a custody battle, while Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray headline a long list of ATP stars returning from injury.
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