Argentinaís 2002 Wimbledon finalist David Nalbandian said he would quit tennis next month, citing physical problems that have sidelined him for most of the year. ďItís not easy whatís happening to me now, my shoulder is not helping me to train as I should for the circuit,Ē the 31-year-old told a news conference on Tuesday.
ďItís a tough day to (have to) announce my retirement today,Ē said the former world number three, winner of 11 ATP Tour titles including the season-ending ATP Championship in Shanghai in 2005 when he beat Roger Federer in the final. Nalbandian, who had right shoulder surgery in May, said he would quit tennis after playing two exhibition matches against his friend Rafael Nadal, the world number two, in November, one in Buenos Aires and the other in his birthplace, Cordoba.
Nalbandian turned professional in 2000 and ends his career with a 383-192 win-loss record. The junior US Open champion in 1998, he reached the semi-finals of the four Grand Slam tournaments after a surprise appearance in the 2002 Wimbledon final which he lost to Australian Lleyton Hewitt.