Federer, Del Potro Headline 2022 Retirements

ATPTour.com’s annual season-in-review collection seems again at 2022’s finest matches, largest upsets, most dramatic comebacks and extra. At this time, we recap a number of the most notable participant retirements from the 12 months.

From Juan Martin del Potro‘s Buenos Aires farewell in February to Roger Federer’s Laver Cup send-off in September, the 2022 ATP Tour season noticed the shut of many storied careers. Some gamers bowed out on residence soil, whereas others saved their ultimate outing for the Grand Slam stage.

Former High 5 stars Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Kevin Anderson and Tommy Robredo have been amongst these to log out this season, together with former doubles World No. 2 Bruno Soares. ATPTour.com seems on the careers of all these males and extra who known as time on their enjoying careers this 12 months.

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Philipp Kohlschreiber (Profession Excessive: No. 6 singles)

“I actually didn’t plan to announce it… It was simply that day I felt, ‘OK, it’s time.’”

One of the constant careers in ATP Tour historical past got here to an finish considerably spontaneously in June when Kohlschreiber gained his first-round qualifying match at Wimbledon after which promptly revealed it might be his ultimate match. The German star notched 478 wins throughout 20 seasons on Tour, lifted eight tour-level crowns, and was a continuing presence within the High 100 of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings between March 2006 and February 2021 (a lot of which was spent within the High 50).

“I can cease and say I had a good time,” Kohlschreiber, who listed lifting the trophy 3 times at residence in Munich amongst his profession highlights, later informed ATPTour.com. “I didn’t overdo it. I’m going away with a giant smile.” Learn Tribute.

Ken Skupski (Profession Excessive: No. 44 doubles)

Additionally taking to courtroom as an expert for the ultimate time at Wimbledon was British doubles star Skupski. The seven-time ATP Tour titlist teamed up with countryman Jonny O’Mara for his 14th and ultimate look at his residence Grand Slam, the place a third-round defeat ended a profession during which he claimed 141 tour-level doubles wins.

“Tennis has given me a lot over time and I anticipate it is going to proceed to present me a lot extra sooner or later,” Skupski wrote within the submit asserting his retirement. “I want to thank everybody who has helped and supported me alongside the best way. I’ve made some superb pals, competed with many superb gamers and shared the courtroom with some legends of the sport.”

Regardless of calling time on his profession, Skupski stays a well-known face on Tour as coach of his youthful brother, the joint-No. 1 within the Pepperstone ATP Doubles Rankings Neal Skupski. Three of Ken’s tour-level crowns have been gained alongside Neal, together with his sole ATP 500 trophy in Acapulco in 2021. Learn Extra.

Sam Querrey (Profession Excessive: No. 11 singles)

Described by his pal Steve Johnson as somebody who “all the time had a smile”, 10-time tour-level titlist Querrey was a vastly common determine throughout his 16-year profession on Tour. That didn’t cease the American changing into a severe presence on courtroom, nonetheless. His enormous serve and highly effective groundstrokes helped him attain a career-high No. 11 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings in 2018.

Querrey was famend for his skill to go toe-to-toe with the perfect on this planet, and on the most important phases. The Californian earned 23 victories towards High 10 opponents in his profession, defeating Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka twice every, and in 2017 he reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon.

“I really feel I used to be fairly constant over time,” Querrey informed ATPTour.com throughout his ultimate occasion, the 2022 US Open. “I solely missed a few majors over a 17-year run. I used to be a reasonably good big-match participant. I really feel like the higher the opponent, the higher I performed and had some nice wins.” Learn Tribute.

Bruno Soares (Profession Excessive: No. 2 doubles)

After calling time on his time as an expert participant on the US Open, Soares can mirror on probably the most illustrious careers within the latest historical past of ATP Tour doubles.

Having gained his first ATP Tour doubles title in 2008, the Brazilian went on to win 35 tour-level males’s doubles titles and 6 Grand Slam trophies — three in males’s doubles and three in blended doubles. A lot of his success got here throughout two stints enjoying with Briton Jamie Murray. The pair claimed 12 tour-level titles, together with main victories on the Australian Open and the US Open, and completed 2016 because the year-end No. 1 duo.

“Tennis is my life,” Soares informed ATPTour.com after his ultimate match alongside Murray on the US Open. “The game is in my blood. It’s in my DNA… I’ve been making an attempt to present again my entire profession, however now could be the true time after I’m going to have somewhat bit extra time to present again. I’m by no means going to say goodbye to tennis.” Learn Tribute.


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Roger Federer (Profession Excessive: No. 1 singles)

One of many biggest gamers the ATP Tour has ever seen and a real international sporting icon, Federer’s storied profession ended on an emotional evening in London at September’s Laver Cup. The Swiss took to the doubles courtroom for Staff Europe alongside fellow ATP Tour legend Rafael Nadal, a becoming finish to a profession during which he produced a number of the most scintillating tennis the game has ever seen.

Amongst Federer’s profession achievements have been 310 weeks spent at World No. 1 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, together with a report 237 consecutive weeks from 2 February 2004 till 18 August 2008, and 103 tour-level titles together with 20 Grand Slam crowns. Immensely common wherever he went, the Swiss was voted Followers’ Favorite within the annual ATP Awards for 19 consecutive years from 2003 to 2021.

“I need to thanks all from the underside of my coronary heart,” wrote Federer on the finish of his letter asserting his retirement. “To everybody around the globe who has helped make the desires of a younger Swiss ball child come true… To the sport of tennis: I like you and can by no means depart you.” Learn Tributes.

Andreas Seppi (Profession Excessive: No. 18 singles)

Usually cited as one of many hardest-working professionals on Tour, Seppi’s profession numbers make spectacular studying — three ATP Tour titles, 386 tour-level match wins and 15 consecutive years (2005-19) ending contained in the High 100 of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. But after bringing his skilled enjoying profession to a detailed in October, the Italian was simply completely happy to have spent 20 years doing a job that he beloved.

“I might have signed instantly if anyone would have informed me, ‘You could possibly play till the age of 38’,” Seppi informed ATPTour.com. “I really feel actually blessed that I may do that for such a very long time.”

Opponents that Seppi defeated on Tour included Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and Daniil Medvedev, however it’s his longevity on the high of the sport that stands out. Maybe most notably, the Italian competed in a outstanding 66 consecutive Grand Slam principal attracts from Wimbledon in 2005 by this 12 months’s Australian Open, the third-longest streak in historical past. Learn Tribute.

Gilles Simon (Profession Excessive: No. 6)

Dubbed ‘a professor on the tennis courtroom’ by his countryman Benjamin Bonzi, Simon was famend on Tour for his elite tennis mind. It remained as sharp as ever proper till the ultimate match of his profession, November’s Rolex Paris Masters, the place he battled previous highly effective opponents in Andy Murray and Taylor Fritz to present his 20-year profession one magical ultimate flourish.

Simon gained 504 tour-level matches and 14 ATP Tour titles in a standout profession that noticed him rise to a career-high No. 6 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings in 2009. Regardless of his skill to nonetheless compete with the perfect and his undoubted continued love for the sport, the 37-year-old Frenchman was grateful to have the ability to select his residence ATP Masters 1000 occasion in Paris to deliver his life on Tour to a detailed.

“I simply really feel so fortunate to have been a tennis participant,” Simon informed ATPTour.com after the ultimate match of his profession within the French capital. “It’s what I’ve all the time needed to be. I used to be an expert tennis participant for a very long time, and that’s why I used to be fortunate twice, and I may cease after I needed, and so I’ve been fortunate 3 times.” Learn Tribute.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Profession Excessive: No. 5 singles)
The previous World No. 5 Tsonga known as time on his 18-year profession at Roland Garros, bringing his joyful sport to the followers in his residence nation one ultimate time. Paris was additionally the setting for his first ATP Masters 1000 title, which he gained in 2008 on his solution to qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals for the primary time.

The 6-foot-2 Frenchman masterfully mixed energy and athleticism in his sport, which — coupled together with his knack for leisure — earned him followers throughout the globe. 

Whereas accidents impacted the later phases of his profession, Tsonga spent greater than a decade contained in the High 20 of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings in his prime. He’s one in every of three gamers to defeat Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic whereas they have been World No. 1, and can be one in every of three to defeat the legendary trio on the majors. Learn Tribute.

Kevin Anderson (Profession Excessive: No. 5 singles)
A seven-time ATP Tour champion and two-time Grand Slam finalist, Anderson performed greater than 600 tour-level matches in his profession, which ended this 12 months in Miami — not removed from his South Florida residence. In a pleasant little bit of symmetry, the South African lifted his first tour-level title in Johannesburg, town of his start, in 2011.

Regardless of battling accidents all through his profession, Anderson made his largest splash in his later years on the ATP Tour, reaching the US Open ultimate in 2017 and the Wimbledon ultimate in 2018. By ending at No. 6 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings in 2018, Anderson (then 32) turned the second-oldest participant to complete within the year-end High 10 for the primary time since 1973.

Anderson additionally left his mark off the courtroom, profitable the 2018 Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award and spending years on the ATP Participant Council, most just lately as its president. Learn Tribute.

Tommy Robredo
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Tommy Robredo (Profession Excessive: No. 5 singles)
One of many longest careers in ATP Tour historical past got here to a detailed in April as Spain’s Robredo hung up his racquet in Barcelona, on the similar match the place earned his first win.

Robredo spent 23 years on the sport’s high stage and gained 12 ATP Tour titles earlier than retiring weeks shy of his fortieth birthday. Considered one of his standout seasons got here in 2006, when reached a career-high of No. 5 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings and competed on the Nitto ATP Finals.

Robredo’s 533 tour-level wins are sixth-most amongst Spaniards. That determine consists of 37 victories at Roland Garros, the place he reached 5 quarter-finals. He additionally gained three Davis Cups in his nation’s colors. Learn Tribute.

Frederik Nielsen (Profession Excessive: No. 17 doubles)
Denmark’s Nielsen, who gained the 2012 Wimbledon doubles title alongside Jonathan Marray, closed the e book on his profession one decade later on the 2022 Australian Open. The three-time tour-level titlist reached a profession excessive of World No. 17 and in addition counts his qualification for the 2012 Australian Open singles principal draw amongst his profession highlights.

A Davis Cup stalwart for Denmark, Nielsen performed in 45 ties between 2003 and 2021. Following his 20-year profession, he now captains his nation’s group along with his work as a nationwide coach on the Danish Tennis Federation. Learn Tribute.

Rogerio Dutra Silva (Profession Excessive: No. 63 singles, No. 84 doubles)
Dutra Silva ended his 19-year profession in Rio de Janeiro in February. The Brazilian paired with countryman Orlando Luz on the ATP 500 occasion, bowing out in entrance of a full crowd stuffed with household and pals.

He additionally gained his lone tour-level title on residence soil, profitable the doubles crown in his hometown of Sao Paulo in 2017 with countryman Andre Sa. In singles, Dutra Silva reached 4 ATP Tour quarter-finals and notched 5 Grand Slam main-draw wins, together with two from two units down.

The 38-year-old hopes to return to the ATP Tour as a coach after taking a while off. Learn Tribute.

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Juan Martin del Potro (Profession Excessive: No. 3 singles)
Del Potro gave his many followers around the globe — and significantly these in his residence nation of Argentina — one ultimate present as he performed his first match since 2019 in Buenos Aires this February. His retirement at age 33 got here after a few years of harm struggles, although he remained a larger-than-life determine on the ATP Tour even throughout his time away.

Del Potro’s embellished profession is highlighted by a US Open triumph in 2009 — when he ended Roger Federer’s five-year title reign within the ultimate — amongst 22 tour-level titles. His most up-to-date trophy got here in Indian Wells throughout a 2018 season during which he reached a career-high ATP Rating of World No. 3. Del Potro additionally progressed to a second US Open ultimate that 12 months, in what turned out to be his penultimate Grand Slam look.

Along with 4 Nitto ATP Finals showings, together with a run to the title match in 2009, del Potro can be a two-time Olympic medalist, profitable singles bronze in 2012 (London) and silver in 2016 (Rio de Janeiro). Learn Tribute.

Sergiy Stakhovsky (Profession Excessive: No. 31 singles, 33 doubles)
Ukraine’s Stakhovsky retired from tennis in January as he took up arms in his nation’s battle effort. The 36-year-old reached the High 40 of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings in each singles and doubles, claiming 4 tour-level titles in every self-discipline with an ideal 8-0 report in finals.

Stakhovksy’s most memorable singles win got here at Wimbledon in 2013, when — because the World No. 116 — he shocked defending champion Roger Federer within the second spherical. He closed the curtains on his profession following this 12 months’s Australian Open. Learn Extra.

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David Marrero (Profession Excessive: No. 5 doubles)
Marrero had a standout doubles profession, highlighted by his run to the Nitto ATP Finals title in 2013 alongside Fernando Verdasco. The Spaniard, who climbed as excessive as No. 5 within the Pepperstone ATP Doubles Rankings, lifted 14 tour-level trophies in his profession, together with an ATP Masters 1000 triumph in 2015 in Rome with Pablo Cuevas.

Dudi Sela (Profession Excessive: No. 29 singles)
Isreael’s Sela completed contained in the High 100 of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings in 10 of 11 seasons from 2007-17, reaching his profession excessive of No. 29 in 2009. Sela reached two ATP Tour finals and gained 23 ATP Challenger Tour titles. By reaching the fourth spherical at Wimbledon in 2009, he turned the primary Israeli to succeed in that stage at a serious since Amos Mansdorf on the 1992 Australian Open.

Jonathan Erlich (Profession Excessive: No. 5 doubles)
Erlich claimed 22 tour-level doubles titles in a protracted and profitable profession that started in 1996. The Buenos Aires-born Israeli, who compiled 415 tour-level wins, loved a lot of his success alongside countryman Andy Ram. The pair gained 4 titles collectively in 2006 and one other two in 2008, on the Australian Open and Indian Wells. Ehrlic additionally gained the 2010 Queen’s Membership title with Novak Djokovic.

Marc Lopez (Profession Excessive: No. 3 doubles)
Lopez stated adios to the Tour in Madrid after teaming up with fellow Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz. He closed his profession as probably the most embellished doubles gamers in trendy tennis, with a complete of 14 titles to his title, together with the 2012 Nitto ATP Finals crown (with Marcel Granolelrs), the 2016 Roland Garros title (with Feliciano Lopez) and the gold medal from the 2016 Olympic Video games in Rio de Janeiro (with Rafael Nadal, whom he now coaches). Learn Tribute.

Additionally Retiring In 2022: Blaz Kavcic, Dominic Inglot, Go Soeda (Learn Tribute), Nicholas Monroe, Ruben Bemelmans, Stephane Robert, Tobias Kamke, Yannick Maden

Learn extra from our Better of 2022 collection. 

Author: Gregory Adams