Former World No.24 Jamie Hampton has announced her retirement from professional tennis, six years after her last official match. The American peaked at No. 24 in the world rankings in July 2013 but had been dealing with several injuries of late.
Among her big results in 2013 were reaching the second week of the French Open, where she beat Petra Kvitova, and reaching the final of the Eastbourne event as a qualifier. She underwent six surgeries during the 2014-2015 season and was never able to make a comeback to professional tennis.
Hampton write on her social media account, "This has been a long time coming. Those of you who've followed my tennis career know that I've undergone numerous surgeries in the past few years. "Unfortunately, they weren't successful enough for me to return to tennis."
"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 competed, it's still heartbreaking to officially say goodbye."
Hampton, now 30 years old, says she plans to go back to school to pursue a degree.
Nooooo 😭 I was still waiting patiently for our practice sessions Jamie ....
😎😉 Just the best for you 😘 — Jule Goerges✌️🇩🇪 (@juliagoerges) May 19, 2020
I know how hard this journey was for you and so proud of what you’ve accomplished on and off the court. Love you Jamie!!
🎈❤️ — Vania King (@queen_v21) May 19, 2020
Congrats on University!!! Excited for you and what’s to come💞⚡️ — Shelby Rogers (@Shelby_Rogers_) May 19, 2020