PARIS, France - Marion Bartoli has announced via social media today that she will no longer be pursuing a comeback to professional tennis due to recurring shoulder pain.
"To my dismay I must unfortunately stop my attempt to comeback. In effect, the necessary increases in doses of workouts to try and find my best level caused pain to my right shoulder again," wrote the 2013 Wimbledon champion.
"This became incompatible with a return at the highest level. I would like to thank everyone who accompanied me on this wonderful adventure. I will now take time to reflect and to study the various professional projects that are available to me.
"Nevertheless, I have a profound desire to convey the high level I have learnt, and so I would like to invest this into training a player, to help her exploit her full potential."
The French star had declared her plans to return to the game last December, with an initial comeback date pencilled in for the Miami Open in March. However, despite competing against Serena Williams at the Tie Break Tens tournament that month, the former World No.7 postponed her return due to needing more time to prepare herself physically.