Coaching role excites Baltacha
Elena Baltacha is excited about her new life as a tennis coach and hinted at a possible future role with the GB Fed Cup team.
The 30-year-old called time on her playing career last week as persistent ankle problems meant it was impossible for the Scot to play to her potential.
She leaves the sport having achieved a career-high ranking of 49 back in 2010, while reaching the third round of Grand Slam tournaments on three occasions.
But her fondest memories come from the Fed Cup, with the Ipswich-based player having made 39 appearances in the team competition.
The Ukrainian-born right-hander will now concentrate her efforts on trying to develop the next generation of tennis stars at her academy in Ipswich.
Judy Murray is the current Fed Cup captain and, while Baltacha admits she still has a lot to learn, the former British number one clearly has ambitions to go far as a coach and mentor.
"I have just retired and want to develop myself and really shadow certain coaches," she said. "I want to throw myself in and develop myself. My priority is my academy but you never know in a couple of years time which way your path will go. I am very excited."