(July 24, 2013) Former British No. 1 Anne Keothavong announced that she is retire from tennis. The 29-year-old reached a career high rank of 48 in the world in 2009. She is set to join BT Sport’s tennis coverage team later this year.
She captured a total of 20 International Tennis Federation (ITF) singles titles, eight ITF doubles titles and made seven WTA semi-final appearances.
“I have given my decision a lot of thought and I believe this is the right time to move on to the next stage of my career,” Keothavong said in a press release. “I have had some magical moments along the way and I would like to thank my family for their unwavering support and encouragement, the LTA for their fantastic backing, my coach Jeremy Bates and also Nigel Sears who have both been very influential in my tennis career and of course, the great tennis fans in Britain and all over the world.
“I think I am leaving tennis in excellent shape with both Laura Robson and Heather Watson leading the way for Britain in the women’s game. I am now focussing on my exciting new challenge with BT Sport where I hope I can provide insight and analysis for tennis fans.”
Britain’s Federation Cup Captain Judy Murray said: “It’s been a real pleasure for me to work with Anne as part of the Fed Cup team. You couldn’t ask for a better, more committed team member – a great professional who represented her country with huge pride and passion. She’s a fabulous role model for the young players and a lot of fun too. I’ll miss her fashion advice as well as her presence but I’m sure she has a very bright future ahead of her.”
Keothavong will join Lynsey Hipgrave, former British Number One Sam Smith and tennis legend Martina Navratilova to cover the 21 Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tournaments for BT Sport including the five Premier WTA tournaments in Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid, Beijing and Istanbul.