Can someone help me? I need some help scraping my jaw off the floor.
Reigning Wimbledon Champion Marion Bartoli announced her immediate retirement from tennis on Wednesday evening at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, after a three sets loss to Simona Halep .
According to Bartoli, she’s old, hurt and not going to take it anymore.
“My body just can’t do it anymore. I’ve already been through a lot of injuries since the beginning of the year. I’ve been on the tour for so long, and I really pushed through and left it all during that Wimbledon. I really felt I gave all the energy I have left in my body. I made my dream a reality and it will stay with me forever, but now my body just can’t cope with everything. I have pain everywhere after 45 minutes or an hour of play. I’ve been doing this for so long, and body-wise I just can’t do it anymore.”
Fine. But before dropping this on us couldn’t she have at least taken the remainder of the season off to see how she feels? Or how about resting up for the next eleven months and retiring after that last walk out onto Centre Court? Give Roger some time to plan the going away party – he’s good at fulfilling fantasies, I’ve read.
Yes, I realize this is “her decision” as all the tennis intelligentsia are tweeting. It’s like “Au revoir, Marion, don’t let the door hit you on the way out! . . .Now what were we saying about Roger’s racquet again?” But I don’t like it. I don’t like it at all and I, for one, am not going to cheer Marion off the court and go back to my popcorn. “NON!” I say. “Get your ass back here and give us some ghost serves on the baseline!” This just seems to come from too tired a place. It’s not thought through. And don’t tell me I can’t read her mind. We Fed fanatics all think alike, believe me.
It’s not like she’s leaving for anything specific:
“There are so many things to do in life rather than playing tennis, so I’m sure I’ll find something. I just need a bit of time to settle down. There is some excitement as a tennis player. There is a lot of excitement as a woman. There is a lot of excitement as a wife. There is a lot of excitement as a mother. There is a lot of excitement to come up.”
Yeah, regular old life. Whoop dee f’ing doo.
Of course, she always could have a change of heart. Stranger things have happened, you know.
What do y’all think? Anyone else not willing to accept this?
Moving on. . . a few quick comments on recent events to make up for my lack of posts lately. Congrats to Rafa for winning his second hard court Masters of the season. The man’s unbelievable. He’s also no. 3 in the world now and working on tying Nole’s record of winning five Masters level titles in a season. Not bad for someone who hates hard courts.
I also want to thank him for setting up some high drama before the U.S. Open with a backhand to Nole’s face. I know you’ve all watched this multiple times over the weekend, but come, let’s savor it one more time:
There are so many great screen grabs from this incident. I think this is my favorite:
I wonder what Nole’s dad has to say about this!
As for the winner in Toronto, Miss Serena Williams, well, this drama queen sure does have a knack for sucking the suspense out of a final. Her 6-2, 6-0 win over Sorana Cirstea this past weekend was no exception. It was also her eighth title of the season, tying her with Rafa 2013 total so far. Who’s coming out with more?
As for this week’s action in Cincy, I was thought Sloane’s upset over Maria Sharapova on Tuesday was intriguing. Back to the drawing board, Jimmy.
As for Roger Federer, it’s nice to see some color back on his racquet: “At the end, I just felt like, you know what, right now I feel like I need to simplify everything and just play with what I know best.”
Yes, let’s do that. I’ve had enough crazy for now.