TRIBUTES have been paid to Halesowen’s Jordanne Whiley who has announced her retirement from wheelchair tennis after a glittering career.

The 29-year-old ends her career as one of Britain’s most decorated tennis players having won 13 grand slam titles and four Paralympic medals.

Jordanne became the first British female wheelchair tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles title at the 2015 US Open.

She received an MBE in 2015 for services to wheelchair tennis and won the 2017 Wimbledon doubles title while pregnant.

Halesowen News: Jordanne Whiley. Image: Dudley Council. Jordanne Whiley. Image: Dudley Council.

Writing on Twitter, Whiley said: “There comes a time in everyone’s life where we must close the current chapter and move on to another. Wheelchair tennis has been the biggest chapter of my life, with a professional career spanning 16 years.

“Tokyo was the perfect ending to a successful career and I leave the sport with no regrets and a heart filled with pride. I have lifted many titles and received many honours, but nothing compares to the people I have shared it all with and the experiences I have had along the way.

“Although it feels weird to be leaving such a huge chapter of my life in the past, I know this is the right time to move on to other great things.”

She was awarded freedom of Dudley borough in 2016 in recognition of her contribution to the sport and flying the flag for the borough.

Halesowen News: Jordanne Whiley. Image/ PA.Jordanne Whiley. Image/ PA.

Councillor Anne Millward, mayor of Dudley, said: “Jordanne’s record speaks for itself and her retirement will be a huge loss to the sport. But to say she has earned her retirement is an understatement after winning so many world titles.

“I wish her all the best in her retirement and thank her for flying the flag for the borough in sport around the world.”

Councillor Simon Phipps, cabinet member responsible for sport in the borough, said: “We are very fortunate to have a long legacy of home-grown sporting heroes, but Jordanne’s record stands out from the crowd.

“We must do more to encourage more young people into sport, inspired by the successes this incredible sporting star has had all around the world.

“Thank you for being an outstanding role model. Everyone in the borough wishes you all the best with your next challenge, whatever that may be.”

Born with brittle bone disease, she first took up tennis at the age of three and became Britain's youngest national women's singles champion in 2007 at the age of 14.