WTA - Tatiana Golovin rules out comeback

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WTA - Tatiana Golovin rules out comeback

Former tennis hearthrob Tatiana Golovin has all but ruled out a comeback to the tennis courts in a recent interview, where she also spoke about her chronic back injury and her new interests in life. "I was at the top of my game," the 23-year-old said.

"In 2007 I had those two finals in Stuttgart and Zürich in the fall, I was beating top players, and I almost finished the year in the Top 10. I was really focused in the off-season to prepare for Australia. I was enjoying myself and moving towards my potential.

"At the time I never thought I would stop six months later.

It took a long time to figure out what was wrong, but they found it was a chronic back inflammation, and there's no treatment. The last tournament I went to was the Olympics in Beijing in 2008, but I was too unsure about my back and couldn't play.

"Mentally it was very tough.

It's a big shock when something so important in your life goes away. It took me a whole year to realize I couldn't play anymore. I took time off to go away from everything and try to find myself again."

"This year I was working for broadcasting.

It's a great opportunity to be at the French Open - it's a good boost for me, good exposure. I've also had a chance to do other things, like I have a page in L'Equipe where I get to interview athletes and celebrities and famous people, like Hugh Jackman and Yannick Noah.

"I've been doing things I couldn't do on the tour.

I've been spending more time with my family, which I couldn't do with all the travelling. I have a house in the south of France, I have my dog there. I can hang out with friends more. I have more time to myself. I love learning - I went back to school last year, and next year I'm going back again.

I'm taking courses in media and politics, a nice background for when I'm older and want to get involved in more areas.

"It took me a year or two to start living again. Leaving tennis left a big hole in my life - it was a really big shock for me.

But I feel I'm finally finding my way again."

"It has been hard for me to set goals. I'm still so young at 23 - most people my age are just getting out of school and don't know what they want yet. Also, I've already made a career in tennis and financially don't really need to work every day.

But I really do love to work - it makes you wake up in the morning and aspire to achieve something that day. Right now I'm really enjoying my work on TV and as a journalist, but right now I don't really know exactly what I want to do in the future."

"When you're born into the tennis world, nothing can compare to that," she said.

"You won't get the same feelings and emotions you get when you play in front of a crowd, win a big match, win a tournament, see all your fans, just going to practice in the morning... actually the thing I miss most is just going out on the court and practicing hard and sweating, and going home so tired from the workout.

"I can't get that at all now.

It's really difficult to just go for a run."

"I don't like to say never, and I'm still only 23, but I don't think I will be able to play again. At least I don't think I'll be able to play professionally again."