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Will Amelie Mauresmo Leave Tennis Behind? 20

Posted on October 12, 2009 by JA Allen
Pilot Pen Tennis Day 4

Is it the end of the line for Amelie Mauresmo?

Headlines whispered earlier this week that Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo was considering retirement from tennis. At the age of 30, it may seem that Mauresmo has been around forever. She has, in fact, been playing tennis professionally for 16 years.

According to Peter Scrivener’s BBC report, Mauresmo stated “Since the U.S. Open, I’ve been trying to practice but I can’t seem to find the desire to come back to competition…I don’t want to rush or force things. I will take some time to think before making a decision regarding the remainder of my career.”

It is not the first time that Mauresmo has used the press to announce her intention or a change in her life.

Although it raised a few eyebrows and created a stir in the locker room, Mauresmo’s admission in 1999 that she is a lesbian brought another kind of pressure to bear on the young woman—then aged 19.

The fact that Martina Hingis called her “half a man” and Lindsay Davenport actually stated that she felt Mauresmo played like a man were remarks dismissed by the young Frenchwoman. She felt that coming out enabled her to be successful on the tennis court—this according to Kathy Beige, About.com.

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