The 33-year-old had hoped to return to the tour in March. (AP)

Marion Bartoli has called off her comeback to professional tennis. After retiring following her Wimbledon triumph in 2013, the 33-year-old announced last December that she wanted to compete again. 

Before leaving the game at the age of 27, Bartoli reached a career-high ranking of No. 7 and won eight WTA titles. She also reached the semifinals of her home major in Paris, as well as the quarterfinals of both the Australian and US Open. 

She hoped to be ready by March, in time for the Miami Open. Though the Frenchwoman didn't appear in any WTA draws, she did hit the court for the Tie Break Tens exhibition in New York just before Indian Wells, losing to Serena Williams.

Bartoli said she needed more time to prepare physically for her comeback. But then after appearing as an interviewer and commentator during the French Open, she announced that the dream is over.


A mon grand désarroi je dois malheureusement arrêter ma tentative de comeback. En effet l'augmentation nécessaire des doses d entraînements pour tenter de retrouver mon meilleur niveau, entraînent des douleurs à nouveau à mon épaule droite, qui deviennent incompatibles avec une reprise au plus haut niveau. Je tiens à remercier toutes les personnes qui m'ont accompagné lors de cette magnifique aventure humaine. Je vais maintenant prendre le temps de la réflexion pour étudier les différents projets professionnels qui s'offrent à moi. Néanmoins j'ai un profond désir de transmettre tout ce que le très haut niveau m'a appris, et je désire donc m'investir dans l'entraînement d'un ou d'une joueuse pour l'aider à exploiter au maximum son potentiel. Love MB xx

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A social media post, roughly translated, states that her right shoulder couldn't withstand the increase in physical activity. She said she will instead focus on her various projects.