MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Just to be clear: Marion Bartoli is not coming out of retirement.
The reigning Wimbledon champion did say, however, that she may play at the All England Club this year — in the invitational legends' doubles event. "So I will play the second week," she said Wednesday.
The 29-year-old Frenchwoman, who retired suddenly just weeks after winning the Wimbledon title last year, has started another chapter in her life but hasn't exactly left tennis behind.
Bartoli is in Melbourne for the Australian Open this week to do commentary for French television, visit with her friends on the tour, and promote a new line of jewelry she has designed for — naturally — women who play tennis.
"I'm still so passionate about tennis," she told The Associated Press. "Unfortunately I can't play anymore because of my body, but the passion is still inside, definitely."
Bartoli struggled with all manner of injuries during her 14-year career, but she said Wednesday it was her shoulder that really prevented her from continuing.
"The shoulder is basically damaged forever and I can't serve anymore," she said.
Bartoli won Wimbledon in her 47th start at a Grand Slam tournament, the most ever played by a woman before winning a major championship. She won it without losing a set.