Former world No. 13 Aleksandr Dolgopolov has announces his retirement from professional tennis.
Dolgopolov, who turned professional in 2006, last played in 2018 as the last few years he was severely hampered by injuries.
“I hope I was fun to watch,” Dolgopolov told ATPTour.com. “I never broke any tennis records, but I hope I played entertaining tennis for fans. My wrist injury happened in Australia [three years ago] after mis-hitting a return in practice. I felt pain, but nothing serious. I reached the Australian Open third round and returned to Europe, but I never realised that it would be career ending. I’ve tried for a couple of years, had two surgeries and I still have pain.”
Dolgopolov’s last match came against Novak Djokovic
Dolgopolov last played at the Rome Masters in 2018, where he lost 6-1 6-3 to world No. 1 Djokovic.
“I needed to be in a good mood to play my best tennis,” admitted Dolgopolov, who finished in the Top 70 for eight straight seasons (2010-2017). “It was as simple as that. Sometimes I was tired or in a bad mood and I really needed to want to compete. I needed to be healthy. If I wanted to compete, I always had good results at the start of the year. It was the will to fight and compete, and sometimes that didn’t happen. It was a feeling.”
Dolgopolov, who collected three ATP titles during his career, now wants to spend some time away from the sport and pursue a business career.
“I am not going to return to the sport over the next five or 10 years” said Dolgopolov. “I need to get away from tennis balls. I first picked up a racquet when I was barely walking. I now need some time off from the sport. At the moment, I think I will pursue a business career.”