Camille Calls Time On Career
Published May 28, 2010 12:00
PARIS, France - Frenchwoman Camille Pin was the toast of Roland Garros on Friday, when she played her last Tour match before heading into retirement. Wildcards in the doubles, Pin and Mathilde Johansson were beaten by Spaniards Nuria Llagostera Vives and María José Martínez Sánchez, 63 62, bringing an end to the 28-year-old's career.
"It's a very special day for me, because it's such a tough decision," said Pin. "But I'm so happy, because when I think of the 12 years I was on the Tour, I had such a great time. It was my passion to travel and be an athlete, and my tennis career enabled me to have both. For sure I'm going to miss it, but I have no regrets."
Pin contested her first Tour qualifying at Roland Garros in 1999, but played her first Tour main draw in her home town of Nice in 2001.
In singles, Pin, who finished in the Top 100 in four of the last six seasons, achieved her career-high ranking of No.61 in February 2007. Although that followed a first round loss to Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open, she still recalls the match with fondness: trailing 5-0 in the third set, she clawed it back into a thriller, serving for the match at 7-6 before finally succumbing to the Russian, 63 46 97.
"It was one of my best moments, even though I lost," Pin reflected on Friday. "It was such a fight, it was so hot, and I gave it everything I had.
"I loved playing on the big courts, and I've been lucky to play most of the top players," she added. "At the beginning, I'd think, 'That's quite a bad draw'... but now that I'm retiring I'm really happy to have lived those moments."
During her career the lithe right-hander reached four Tour semifinals, most recently at Guangzhou in 2008. She was a quarterfinalist a further eight times, including at Portoroz last year - where she also reached her first Tour final of any kind, finishing runner-up in the doubles with Klara Zakopalova.
On the ITF Women's Circuit Pin won eight singles titles, and two in doubles, but this year she had fallen in Tour qualifying five times. Recognizing she could not face the slog of the challenger circuit she decided to call it quits before becoming disillusioned on the court.
"I don't have any firm plans yet," she said. "I'm going to think a lot about what I want to do. I'm really looking forward to new challenges, maybe in the media, maybe in management. I definitely want to stay in sports.
"I just want to thank everyone who was behind me all these years. For me it was the best pleasure I could have was to have the support of my fans and friends. Because it's a very tough job - but, I think, the most beautiful job ever."