Price per Head: Baltacha retires from tennis

Elena BaltachaPrice per head services were very sad to learn that Elena Baltacha, former British No 1, announced her retirement from the sport.

In 2010, the 30-year-old entered the world top 50 and defeated several top players, including Francesca Schiavone and Li Na.

Price per head services saw that Baltacha was able to reach the Australian Open’s third round on two occasions as well as the same stage of Wimbledon in 2002, and she was also a regular player in Britain’s Fed Cup team.

But pay per head serivces found out that as she have was struggling for fitness and form in recent years, she made the decision to retire in order to open a tennis academy alongside her coach Nino Severino.

“It just feels it’s the right time” Baltacha told the Lawn Tennis Association’s (LTA) official website.

“My body has taken such a bruising over the last 16 years and that’s finally taken its toll.

“I have had some amazing experiences through playing tennis and I wouldn’t change any of them but now my mind and my body are telling me it’s time to move on to a new phase of my life.

“I still absolutely love tennis and I want to take that passion and put it into learning to be the best coach I can be so that I can take all my experiences as a player and use that to help develop the next generation of British tennis players.

“I am very committed to my Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis (EBAT), which I started with my coach Nino Severino.

“We believe that no matter what background you are from, that all children, rich or poor, should have the opportunity to play tennis. Hopefully we’ll produce a champion one day.”

Judy Murray, Fed Cup captain, paid tribute to Baltacha, who represented Britain every year in the competition from 2002-2013.

“Bally has been the most incredible ambassador for women’s tennis in Britain for the past 12 years,” said Murray.

“Her work ethic and competitive spirit are second to none. If we could bottle those qualities, we would have many more top players.

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“She’s the perfect role model for our junior girls and the Fed Cup won’t be the same without her.”

Price per head services know very well what a great player Baltacha is, and will miss her in the scene, wishing her the very best for the future.