Former doubles world No. 3 Robert Lindstedt said goodbye to tennis at this week’s Stockholm Open and on Saturday he was honored by the tournament.
Swede Lindstedt teamed up with fellow compatriot Andre Gorannson to play the last the tournament of his career in Stockholm and the two lost in the quarterfinal.
Lindstedt captured 23 doubles titles during his career.
Lindstedt captured his lone Grand Slam title in 2014 when he teamed up with Lukasz Kubot at Wimbledon.
“It’s amazing. I don’t know if I’m going through some sort of shock or something, but it’s a big part of my life and some of these guys are my best friends,” Lindstedt said during a special ceremony on Friday, per the ATP website. “It was really nice that the tournament and the ATP did something nice for me and it means a lot to me. I’m going to always remember that.”
Lindstedt proud of how he handled the adversity
“Something that I am actually proud of is how I’ve managed to deal with setbacks, all the injuries I’ve had and that I’ve managed to find the energy to do rehab and just accepting that this is the situation,” Lindstedt said. “Every time I’ve gotten an injury, I’ve alway come back and kept winning. Not as much as I want, but just the fact that as my fitness coach Ali Ghelem tells me, he says I have most grit than most guys he’s ever worked with.”
Lindstedt, 44, decided the right thing to do was to retire after this season.
“I’m forever going to miss it, but it also hurts in the end when you lose more that you feel like you should. You feel like you deserve to win more than you are, which obviously, there’s no such thing as deserving in sports,” Lindstedt said. “There comes a time when all of these factors come into a decision and for me it’s been pretty clear that after this year, I’m done.”