Berdych announces retirement from tennis

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Former world No.4 Tomas Berdych will retire from the game at the age of 34 following an impressive playing career spanning 17 years.

Wimbledon finalist and former world No.4 Tomas Berdych has announced his retirement from tennis after a 17-year professional career.

The 34-year-old Berdych confirmed the decision during a ceremony at the ATP Finals in London on Saturday to honour several players that have retired in 2019.

The other players were David Ferrer, Marcos Baghdatis, Nicolas Almagro, Mikhail Youzhny, Max Mirnyi, Radek Stepanek, Marcin Matkowski and Victor Estrella Burgos.

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Berych said 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.

The two-time Davis Cup champion said he made the decision shortly after losing in the first round of the US Open in August.

He hasn’t played since; his ranking is currently No.103.

“I said, ‘OK that’s it. That’s enough.’ In terms of just my body doesn’t allow me to do so, and it’s very unpredictable,” Berdych said.

“There is no real point to continue.”

The Czech said the highlight of his career was reaching the 2010 Wimbledon final, beating Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic along the way before losing to Rafael Nadal.

“Even the final that I lost, it was a very, very special moment,” he said.

He also reached the semifinals at least once at each of the other three Grand Slam tournaments and earned 13 career titles – including the 2005 Paris Masters.

Berdych said he doesn’t have any immediate plans for what to do in retirement, but will focus on resting up and spending time with his family.

“The plan is actually not to have any plans,” he said. “The last 15, 20 years was so hectic and so demanding that I just need to just breathe out easily after all those years.”

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