Sunday, November 21, 2010

Carlos Moya honored after retirement from tennis

Carlos Moya honored after retirement from tennis

Carlos Moya, who announced his retirement from professional tennis last week, was back on court during the ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena in London to be honored by the players and the ATP.

“It’s always great when people remember you, even when you’re not at the top,” Moya said. “Although I didn’t play great here at Wimbledon—well, I one year played fourth round—they treat me very well always.”

Moya was brought out on court shortly after Andy Murray beat Robin Soderling 6-2, 6-4.

The Spaniard had a great career, he won the French Open and was also the world number 1.Moya was an early training partner of Rafael Nadal.

“Knowing him for so long makes it special for me because first time I met him he was just 11, 12 years old,” Moya said of Nadal’s success. “When he was 13, 14 years old, we were practicing together. I was near the top 10 and sometimes he was beating me during the practice.

“I realized he had something special, but could never think that he could be that good, to be honest. He’s one of the greatest ever. But he’s on his way to become—who knows—but maybe the greatest. I could never expect that, to be honest.”

Source AP