Keothavong announces retirement from tennis

Anne Keothavong waves to the crowd

Anne Keothavong waves to the crowd - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Hackney’s Anne Keothavong has vowed to “give back to the next generation of tennis” after announcing her retirement from the sport.

The former British number one, 29, revealed her decision on Wednesday, after a professional career which spanned more than a decade.

Keothavong, a former Kingsland High School pupil, said: “I’m excited about the future now. Tennis is what I know best and I would like to stay involved.

“I feel I can give back a lot to the next generation of British players. Tennis is what I know best and I could not imagine a life without it.”

Keothavong, who began playing tennis aged seven in Hackney Downs and Highbury Fields, will now begin work with BT Sport.

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Her professional career brought 20 International Tennis Federation singles titles, eight ITF doubles titles and saw her reach a career-high singles ranking of world number 48.

Her best Grand Slam result came in the 2008 US Open, when she reached the third round. She reached the second round of Wimbledon on four occasions: in 2004, 2008, 2011 and 2012, but her recent years were plagued by injury.

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Keothavong (pictured) added: “It’s been a great career for the last 12 years. There are a lot of people I would like to thank, including my coaches, they have all played their part.

“Also the physios who have helped me through many injuries, and the trainers. Most of all, all my fans and supporters who have supported me throughout my career.

“It has been good fun and greatly appreciated. Also a huge thank you to my family and friends. Without them I would not have been able to do what I have done.”

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