Tennis: Puzzled players pulling for post-tennis Bartoli
CINCINNATI, Ohio (AFP) - Marion Bartoli's shock retirement just weeks after her Wimbledon triumph sparked fond farewells, mixed with fears the French star was walking away from tennis too soon.
Andy Murray, who ended Britain's agonising 77-year wait for a men's Wimbledon champion, said he could see how achieving such a dream could leave a player feeling the game had nothing more to offer.
"I think the biggest compliment you can pay an athlete is they've reached their potential, and I believe she did that," Murray said. "She worked exceptionally hard to get to where she's got to. She deserved to win a Grand Slam, and maybe it was the right time for her to stop because of how hard she needed to work.
"But it was obviously surprising because you don't see it that often in sport - where people kind of finish almost on the top in a way.