Vinci talks post-career pursuits; Schiavone shelves retirement plans

by: Matt Cronin | December 07, 2017

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Roberta Vinci was the runner-up at the 2015 US Open. (AP)

The Italian Roberta Vinci, who will after the Italian Open in May, says she isn’t sure what she will do after she waves goodbye to the pro tour. 

The 2015 US Open finalist doesn't plan on becoming a commentator, but she does have some interest in coaching. 
  
“Rome will be my last tournament, even in the case that I reach the Top 10 again. I am focused on the next six months, but I will certainly keep working in tennis,” Vinci told Daily La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I would like to teach tennis and transfer my knowledge and passion. I don’t think that I will work as TV commentator and I will not follow Francesca Schiavone and Flavia Pennetta, who are working for television.”

“I have never played that good in Rome, because of the surface and the pressure to play in front of Italian fans. I'm hoping can change this negative trend,” she said.  

Vinci is now under Lorenzo Di Giovanni, who used to coach Francesca Schiavone.

Schiavone, unlike her friend and fellow Italian, has decided not to retire, having seen the success of mid-thirties veterans in the sport. Roger Federer and Serena Williams both won Grand Slams this season, while Venus Williams reached two Grand Slam finals.

Ranked No. 92, Schiavone said she was ''inspired by Roger, Serena and Venus" and the "enjoyment this sport brings me." 

The former French Open champ has now returned to court following an ankle injury from accidentally stepping on a ball.

 

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