- British tennis star Jordanne Whiley has announced her retirement from the professional sport
- The four-time Paralympic medalist and 13-time Grand Slam Champion announced the news via her social media channels earlier today
- A number of sporting organisations have already paid tribute to Whiley’s illustrious career and thanked her for her contribution to British sport
British tennis star Jordanne Whiley has today announced her retirement from the professional sport. Whiley, who has won a total of 13 Grand Slams and four Paralympic medals throughout her illustrious career, announced the news via her social media channels earlier today.
Citing wheelchair tennis as ‘the biggest chapter of [her] life’, Whiley noted how ‘there comes a time in everyone’s life where we must close the current chapter and move on to another’.
Adding that ‘Tokyo was the perfect ending to a successful career and [she] leave[s] the sport with no regrets and a heart filled with pride’, Whiley went on to thank a number of organisations, sponsors and individuals who have been a part of her team over the years, adding that it is ‘the right time to move on to other great things’.
Earlier this year, Whiley became the first British woman to win a singles tennis medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, adding an elusive bronze medal to her impressive collection and making history in the sport.
Born with brittle bone disease, Whiley first picked up a racket aged three years old and soon became Britain’s youngest ever national Women’s Singles tennis champion in 2007, at the age of just 14. Success continued to follow, as Whiley once again made tennis history in 2014 by becoming the first British player to win a calendar year Grand Slam – winning the Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open respectively.
Whiley then went on to win her first Grand Slam singles title in 2015, a year which also saw her receive an MBE for services to wheelchair tennis in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. 2016 saw Whiley win a further two Grand Slams and a bronze medal in Rio, before adding another Wimbledon doubles title to her name whilst pregnant in 2017.
Early 2019 saw Whiley return to international tennis following the birth of her son Jackson, and followed the likes of Serena Williams by launching a highly successful comeback career – winning her 11th and 12th Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open and US Open in 2020, before winning her 13th and final title at this year’s Wimbledon.
Following Whiley’s announcement on social media, a number of organisations – including the LTA, All England Lawn Tennis Club and the British Paralympic Association – have thanked Whiley for her incredible contribution to British sport and wished her well in her future endeavours.
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