For a tennis player bidding adieu to his beloved sport is one of the most difficult decisions of his life. Yet like all things in life the professional career of any athlete comes to an end someday. In this article we look at 4 such stars who once acceded to the top 10 singles ranking and said goodbye to the game in 2019.
The Serbian star played his last professional event at the Davis Cup 2019. Tipsarević The 35 year old won 288 singles matches in his 17 year long career which was to a large extend affected by injuries.
Tipsarević climbed to the career best singles ranking of World Number 8 in 2012. Tipsarević won 5 singles ATP titles in his career and was also a member of Serbia’s Davis cup winning squad of 2012.
The 34 year old Spaniard who turned pro in 2003 announced the end of his professional career in 2019. Almagro won 397 singles matches in his career.
Almargo won 13 titles in his career and also climbed to the career high ranking of World Number 9. Almagro reached the quarterfinal of Roland Garros 3 times, each of whom he lost his great co-patriot Rafa Nadal.
Another tennis great who retired this year was Marcus Baghdatis of Cyprus. Baghdatis who said farewell to the game at Wimbledon 2019 won 349 singles matches in his professional career and was also the Australian Open finalist in 2006.
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He won 4 singles titles and climbed to the career high ranking of World Number 8 in his career and was the flag bearer of his home nation in the ATP Circuit.
The former Czech player bowed out of the game in November this year. Berdych who rose to a career high ranking of World Number 4 won 640 singles matches in his professional career and was also the Wimbledon finalist in 2008.
Tomáš also reached the semi-final of all other 3 slams and won 13 singles titles in his career, the biggest being the Rolex Paris Masters 2005.
1. David Ferrer
The Spaniard brought curtains to his 19 year long illustrious career after he retired during the Madrid Masters in 2019.
Ferrer who was the Roland Garros 2019 finalist and rose to the career high ranking of World Number 3 won 27 singles titles in his career. Ferrer was the champion at 2013 Rolex Paris Masters and also helped Spain to win 4 Davis Cup titles