Nalbandian Hangs up his Racquet
Former world number three, David Nalbandian, has announced his retirement from the game after enjoying a successful 13-year career.
The 31-year-old Argentinian won 11 titles and reached the 2002 Wimbledon final, when he was beaten by Lleyton Hewitt, as well as reaching four other Grand Slam semi-finals.
Nalbandian went through to the last four of the French Open in 2004 and 2006 as well as reaching the US Open semi-final in 2003 and the same stage of the Australian Open three years later.
A well-known player among tennis fans on betfair.com, he reached number three in the world in March 2006 and finished in the year-end top ten of the ATP rankings on five occasions.
However, he has been troubled by a shoulder injury recently and said, when confirming his decision to quit the game: "I can play matches, but my shoulder won't let me continue my career. I can't play like that at a professional level.”
"It's tough because I have to announce my retirement from the sport that gave me so much. I'm very grateful."
Nalbandian represented Argentina in three Davis Cup teams that reached the final - in 2004, 2008, 2011 - and he has fond memories of those achievements, adding: "It's the event that I felt was different from the others.
“The pressure and the support of the people, it's something unique. It's a shame Argentina couldn't win it, but that's the way it was."
Nalbandian reached his last final at the 2013 Brasil Open in Sao Paulo, when the perennial favourite on betfair, Rafael Nadal, beat him. However, after helping his country beat France in the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup earlier this year, he was forced to undergo an operation on his right shoulder.
Nalbandian has announced that he will play a series of farewell exhibition matches against Nadal, which are scheduled to start on the 21st of November.