CiCi Bellis has announced her retirement from tennis at the age of 22. Bellis burst onto the scene at a very young age as she achieved her career-high ranking of No. 35 in 2017 when she was just 17. Burst made the US Open third round in 2017 and reached the same stage at the French Open a year later.
Bellis last played at an ITF event in Charleston in November 2020. Bellis took the entire 2021 to focus on getting her health back but it didn't work out. Bellis played seven tournament in 2018 and only one tournament in 2019.
"I wanted to give a quick update as I haven’t been on the tennis court for a while. Last year, after seeing little to no improvement with my arm, I made the decision to stop playing tennis. I had been in the same cycle of rehab, training and injuries for three plus years and mentally/physically just couldn’t do it anymore," Bellis announced in an Instagram post.
Bellis completing a business/finance degree
Bellis is now working full time as an investment analyst as in a few months she is going to have a business/finance college degree. "I absolutely love the sport and have nothing but the best memories from my time playing, but it was definitely time to move on.
The good news is that I used my injury time-out wisely. I’m currently completing my business/finance college degree (graduating in 3 months), and an MBA will follow. I’m working full time as an investment analyst for @leadsportsofficial - a VC firm designed to support and grow early-stage sports & health tech startups.
Needless to say, it’s right up my alley and I literally find myself sprinting to the office each day because of how excited I am," Bellis added. "Thanks to everyone for supporting me throughout my tennis career. You are one of the big reasons I continued to push through the injuries for so long."