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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Wednesday January 18, 2022

American trailblazer CiCi Bellis has called it a career.

The 22-year-old former World No.35 has suffered through a litany of arm injuries over the course of her career, and though she recently made a comeback to the courts, she has decided that her body will not allow her to compete at the highest level.

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“Last year, after seeing little to no improvement with my arm, I made the decision to stop playing tennis,” Bellis wrote on Instagram. “I had been in the same cycle of rehab, training and injuries for three plus years and mentally/physically just couldn’t do it anymore.”


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Bellis, the WTA’s Newcomer of the Year in 2017, became the youngest to win a match at the US Open in 18 years when she topped No.12 seeded Dominika Cibulkova in the first-round of the US Open as a 15-year-old.

Her career ground to a halt in 2018 when a catastrophic wave of injuries, and the surgeries that would come as a result, sidelined her for two seasons. She made a comeback in 2020 and reached the third round of the Australian Open, while playing with a ranking of 600. But Bellis soon encountered more injury troubles.

In total Bellis underwent four surgeries—including a surgery that shortened the bone in her arm and left her with a plate embedded. She battled back brilliantly, motivated by her passion for the sport, but finally has elected to grant her body a reprieve.

“I absolutely love the sport and have nothing but the best memories from my time playing, but it was definitely time to move on,” she said. “The good news is that I used my injury time-out wisely. I’m currently completing my business/finance college degree (graduating in 3 months), and an MBA will follow. I’m working full time as an investment analyst for @leadsportsofficial - a VC firm designed to support and grow early-stage sports & health tech startups. Needless to say, it’s right up my alley 🤓 and I literally find myself sprinting to the office each day because of how excited I am.”