Tennis star Jamie Hampton announces retirement
Former World Top 25 and US tennis star Jamie Hampton has announced her retirement from her profession/ professional tennis. She is 30 years old and played the last six years ago as she suffered numerous injuries after reaching heights in her career. She reached on the world ranking of 24 in 2013.
The talented player from Alabama began the 2014 season with a run to semi-finals of the ASB Classic in New Zealand’s Auckland but could not play against Venus Williams due to injury in hips.
After this, she underwent 6 surgeries in over following 18 months including 2 on her right hip.
She announced her retirement through Twitter where she tweeted, “This has been a long time coming. Those of you who’ve followed my tennis career know that I have undergone numerous surgeries in the past few years. Unfortunately, they weren’t successful enough for me to return to tennis”.
She further added, “Confronting this reality couldn’t have been more disappointing and it’s taken many years to work through. Tennis was my first love, and even though it’s been years since I’ve completed, it’s still heartbreaking to officially say goodbye.”
She also reached one WTA doubles final, alongside Anna Tatishvili at the Bell Challenge in Quebec City in 2011 where they finished as runner-up to Abigail Spears and Raquel Atawo.
“Competing on the biggest stages of tennis was a dream come true, but it wouldn’t have been possible nor would it have meant much without the support of my family, friends, coaches, sponsors and of course fans”, she added.