Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Radek Stepanek retires from professional tennis at 38

Radek Stepanek retires from professional tennis at 38

Radek Stepanek announced his retirement from tennis after failing to recover his fitness following back surgery earlier this year.

The 38-year-old Stepanek won five ATP singles titles and reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals in 2006 when he reached a career-high eighth in the world rankings.

The following year a back injury threatened his career but Stepanek battled back and won two grand slam double titles with India's Leander Paes, the Australian Open in 2012 and the U.S. Open a year later.

Alongside Tomas Berdych, Stepanek was also part of the Davis Cup teams triumphed in 2012 and 2013.

Stepanek had hoped to make another comeback after undergoing back surgery but that dream was never realized.

"I knew a tennis career was limited, but I wanted it to last as long as possible," he said. "I have fought until my last breath but it's time to go now.

"I've had some hard time in the year since the surgery.

"I have decided to end my career. I took a broader look at my life and found out I'd hate to risk my health."