A few weeks ago there was a rumour going around that Naomi Cavaday had announced her retirement from tennis, and today it was confirmed by her on the LTA site;
I would like to confirm that I will no longer be training and competing as a professional tennis player.
Throughout my career I have had big struggles with an eating disorder and depression but Iâ€™m pleased to say that I have worked through and overcome these issues and I am now in a great place to be able to make this decision, even though it has been a difficult decision to make. I want to be honest about what I have been through to raise awareness of these difficulties that many people go through and athletes are no exception.
I love tennis and passionately think it is the best sport in the world and it will continue to be a big part of my life. I really canâ€™t wait to get stuck in to coaching which I really enjoy, with a specific focus on the emotional wellbeing of young athletes to help them achieve their potential as people and players.
Thank you for your support over the years, and I also want to assure you that I am very happy with my decision and excited for what lies ahead.
One thing she neglects to mention is why she has actually retired, but apparently a bad foot injury is to blame. I also didnâ€™t realise she had an eating disorder and suffered from depression. That coupled with all the injuries and the awful virus tha left her unable to even walk up stairs, and itâ€™s no wonder she has had enough and decided to stop.
Regardless, itâ€™s such a big shame. I always considered her one of the most talented British players and she certainly had the game to reach the top 100, top 50 and even beyond. Anyway, hereâ€™s a video from her big moment at Wimbledon in 2007. Enjoy your life away from tennis, woman.
Anyway, thereâ€™s no need to be sad -- sheâ€™s a talented, young 22 year-old and this is the WTA. Chances are, sheâ€™ll be back.