I only miss last five seconds of my career, says Bartoli

Sun Jun 22, 2014 1:52pm EDT
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Apart from the final five seconds of her Wimbledon singles final last year Marion Bartoli is not missing her tennis career.

The Frenchwoman will be back at the All England Club next week minus her rackets, in the commentary box rather than trying to defend the title she won by beating Sabine Lisicki.

She has no regrets at making the decision to walk away shortly after the crowning moment of her career.

"What I miss the most is probably the last five seconds of my final, which is when I'm about to serve and I serve and I ace," Bartoli told a news conference on Sunday.

"Kind of showing it's an ace and knowing it's an ace and knowing I won Wimbledon, that's probably what I'm missing.

"Other than this, I don't miss every morning having to wake up and not being able to lift my arm; having my whole body terribly sore; having to travel; pack and unpack; all the practice time you have to book; make sure you're just having your schedule ready.

"You have to understand that every morning I couldn't lift my arm. If I didn't have the help of my physio actually warming up my shoulder, I couldn't literally lift my arm.

"That's probably what I will remember only about my whole career, is those two weeks when I put everything I had inside me, into my desire for fulfilling my dream."   Continued...

Wimbledon women's singles tennis champion Marion Bartoli of France holds her trophy as she attends an interview with Reuters in Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris, July 9, 2013.   REUTERS/Christian Hartmann