postheadericon Rae is Fine with Ending her Career on a High

Jocelyn Rae has her father, born in Scotland, to thank for the golden moment of her career playing tennis that she has ended at just 26-years old.

Born and raised in Nottinghamshire, Rae got thrust rather unexpectedly into the limelight as part of the Scottish team for the Commonwealth Games that travelled to Delhi in 2010.

Rae left India with a shining prize and memories to last a lifetime thanks to the fact that she won the Mixed Doubles title, along with Colin Fleming. This was all made possible by her dad, Robert, who was still a proud Scot despite the fact that he had left Plean, located near Stirling, as a child, calling the team organisers to check whether or not his daughter was eligible for the team.

The Best Thing He Ever Did

 Rae told BBC Scotland that the whole thing was very out of the blue, and that there was no point where the Commonwealth Games had even been on her radar. She added that it was possibly one of the things her father has done that she was most grateful for.

As punters who enjoy taking part in the tennis betting sites in Australia will remember, the 19-year old player was suddenly being spoken of as Elena Baltacha’s successor, and potentially the next Scot to break into the World’s Top 100 players.

A Foot Injury Put Paid to the Dream

 Unfortunately, an injury Rae sustained to her foot meant that she never managed to surpass the rank of 450 in singles that she had achieved at the time she won gold at the Commonwealth, and this was also one of the biggest reasons she decided to quit playing in December 2017.

Injuries Were the Main Reason

Rae explained that the main reason behind her decision to stop playing was her injuries, adding that she had been plagued with them growing up, as is the case with most professional athletes.

After the one she suffered to her left foot in 2011, only short months after the success she had enjoyed at the Commonwealth Games, she had to give up singles for two years after the surgery she required.

Rae said that these kinds of injuries were simply something she had always had to manage throughout the course of her career, and, in her final tournament, she actually got woken up by how sore her shoulder was. She said that that was when it clicked for her that she simply could no longer carry on with the constant pain of various injuries and it was time to acknoweldge that they were affecting her performance.

Rae did, however, manage to leave her mark on the doubles game, reaching a ranking of 67 in February of 2016, and she was also a part of the British team for 5 Fed Cup campaigns. She’s happy with her decision to retire, however, and, with wedding plans on the horizon, Rae has now accepted a position as coach with the Lawn Tennis Association, and will thus be able to keep a small part of her passion for the game satisfied.

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