Tennis: 2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli sparks talk of comeback with tweet

Retired star Marion Bartoli playing in the Legends match at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Oct 20, 2014. The former Wimbledon champion sparked speculation about a return from retirement on Tuesday - less than two years after bowing out of profe
Retired star Marion Bartoli playing in the Legends match at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Oct 20, 2014. The former Wimbledon champion sparked speculation about a return from retirement on Tuesday - less than two years after bowing out of professional tennis. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

PARIS (REUTERS) - Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli sparked speculation about a return from retirement on Tuesday - less than two years after bowing out of professional tennis.

The 30-year-old, who quit the sport in 2013 on the heels of a first Grand Slam title that crowned her career, raised the question of a possible comeback on her Twitter page, instead of answering it.

"Coming back or not coming back to tennis? What do you think? Should I?" Bartoli said.

The tweet from the Frenchwoman, who has launched a line of sports fashion shoes since quitting tennis, immediately triggered speculation in French- and English-language news media of a possible comeback.

L'Equipe, an influential French sports newspaper, said a return would be hard for Bartoli, given her own admission that excessive physical stress was one of her main reasons for bowing out. But it said her age should not be an obstacle.

"Marion Bartoli has just turned 30. It's not too late to go back to winning. Serena Williams, the boss of the circuit, continues to rule the WTA roost at 33," said the paper.