The former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has said that she will be returning to the WTA tour next year.
The 33 year old Frenchwoman was a surprise winner of Wimbledon in 2013 before she retired from Tennis in August of the same year. However, in an Instagram video that she uploaded earlier this week, Bartoli announced that she has decided to return to the game.
“I am delighted to announce my comeback on the professional circuit of the WTA next year,” said Bartoli.
“I am so looking forward to seeing you again during my matches and sharing some amazing emotions with you. It’s going to be a huge challenge, I still have a lot of practice ahead of me. I’m really looking forward to being on the court again, especially in Paris at Roland Garros in my home country, but also for the Fed Cup and Wimbledon.”
In the video she said that she is planning to begin her comeback at the Miami Open in March.
So far she has won a total of eight WTA titles and she reached a career high of No 7 in the world in both 2012 and 2013. In 2007 Venus Williams beat her in the Wimbledon final but six years later she won the tournament without dropping a set and defeated Sabine Lisicki in the final.
Since retiring she has worked as a pundit but she remains the last French player to have won a Grand Slam title.
In 2016 she suffered from a mystery virus that saw her lose 20kg of weight and resulted in her pulling out of a pre-Wimbledon exhibition event. However, a month later she announced that she was “on the road to recovery.”