Buenos Aires, Argentina (SportsNetwork.com) - Former Wimbledon runner-up David
Nalbandian announced his retirement from professional tennis on Tuesday,
The Argentine star will quit tennis for good after playing an exhibition match
against Spanish great Rafael Nadal in November.
Nalbandian reached a career-high No. 3 in the world and was a Wimbledon
finalist as a 20-year-old in 2002, losing to Lleyton Hewitt. The oft-injured
Cordoba native reached at least the semifinals at all four Grand Slam
events during his career.
Sidelined since March, Nalbandian cited persistent shoulder problems as the
main reason for his decision to call it quits. He had shoulder surgery back in
"It's not easy what's happening to me now, my shoulder is not helping me to
train as I should for the circuit," he said. "It's a tough day to (have to)
announce my retirement today."
The 31-year-old captured 11 career titles in 24 ATP finals, with his last
victory coming in 2010. He was a runner-up in a final in Brazil last year.
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