Five recent retirees: Steve Darcis, Martin Klizan, Julian Knowle, Paolo Lorenzi and Viktor Troicki were honored Thursday at the Pala Alpitour during the Nitto ATP Finals. ATP President Andrea Gaudenzi presented each player with a frame celebrating his greatest achievements before everyone headed to center court for a special ceremony. The last player on the pitch, Lorenzi, is Italian. The 39-year-old, who retired after this year’s US Open, climbed to No. 33 in the FedEx ATP Rankings. Lorenzi made Kitzbühel history in 2016 when, at age 34, he became the oldest singles champion in ATP Tour history (since 1990). “Is incredible. I really missed the fans in New York, I played my last game without people, ”Lorenzi told ATPTour.com. “For me to finish here in Italy with this ceremony is very important. I had time to say goodbye to everyone and I had the people close to me throughout my career. I will miss you very much.” The top-ranked singles player in the group was former World No. 12 Viktor Troicki. The Serbian won three tour-level singles titles in his career, including back-to-back wins at Sydney in 2015 and 2016. Former World No. 24 Martin Klizan, who completed his career at Wimbledon this year, has won six ATP Tour titles. His biggest triumph came in 2016 in Rotterdam, where he scored four of his five wins in three sets. Rafael Nadal ended his season after his outing in Washington. He lost in the initial stages as his foot injury had yet not healed completely. Due to that, he missed the US Open. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him come back stronger in the upcoming 2022 season.
Nadal praises Garbine Muguruza
Garbine Muguruza, the 28-year-old Spaniard, has had a fantastic 2021 season. She ended the season incredibly strongly, winning the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic and then the year-end WTA Finals tournament in Mexico. For her achievements, she received praise from one of the greatest Spanish players of all time, Rafael Nadal. The 35-year-old stated, “Very happy for Garbiñe. It is a milestone in our sport and joy for Spanish tennis. Congratulations. It has been a good year and with a good climax winning the last tournament of the year, which had not been achieved and has a special meaning.” Rafa praised Muguruza for having a great season this year. After emerging victorious from Dubai and Chicago, winning the title in Mexico is surely a great way to sign off the season. All in all, Nadal was happy as it was a proud day for Spanish tennis.