Published: Tue, November 19, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Back injuries force Tomas Berdych's tennis retirement

Back injuries force Tomas Berdych's tennis retirement

Former world No. 4 and Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych has announced his retirement from tennis.

The 34-year-old Berdych confirmed the decision at the ATP Finals, saying his body no longer allows him to compete at the highest level after struggling with a back injury for much of the last 18 months.

Berdych won 13 ATP titles in his 17-year professional career, during which he finished in the top 10 in the world for seven consecutive seasons between 2010 and 2016.

Berdych achieved the semi-finals at all four Grand Slams and progressed to the final four of the ATP Finals in 2011 - his very best functionality at the period-ending event. He was part of the Czech team that won back-to-back Davis Cup titles in 2012 and 2013.

Berdych said it was his defeat by qualifier Jenson Brooksby in NY that convinced him it was time to quit.

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He added: "The clear conclusion of both members of this court is that, viewed overall, these claims are not realistically arguable".

He said the highlight of his career was reaching the Wimbledon final. "I won a Masters in Bercy (Paris)".

"Maybe unusual, but I would say the Wimbledon".

"Not the win - not the victory at the end, but for me, still, like, very, very special moment".

"I was in the finals in Wimbledon in 2010 beating Djokovic, Federer, before losing to Nadal", he stated. And now I have the time", Berdych said."Sport was my life from the time I was a kid until now and I wouldn't change that, absolutely not.

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