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Tomas Berdych set to announce retirement from professional tennis

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 15 Nov 2019
  • Former world No. 4, Tomas Berdych looks set to announce his retirement from professional tennis on Saturday
  • Czech star has been struggling with a hip injury this year
Tomas Berdych (PA Sport)

Former world No. 4, Tomas Berdych is set to announce his retirement from professional tennis at the Nitto ATP Finals this weekend.

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Berdych's father, Martin, first broke the news to the Czech media, and the former Wimbledon finalist appeared to confirm the information in a Social Media post.

Berdych didn't specifically mention his impending retirement on the post, but he was evidently reacting to the news, saying he had "planned it as a little surprise" and that "more information is going to come on Saturday".

"I had it planned as a little surprise on Saturday where I'm going to be in London," Berdych said. "More information is going to come on Saturday so stay tuned."



The 34-year-old has been one of the most consistent performers on the tour over the last decade, finishing inside the top-ten for seven consecutive seasons between 2010 and 2016. He has captured 13 tour-level titles, including a Masters 1000 crown in Paris in 2005.

Berdych reached at least the semi-finals in each of the four Grand Slams, with his best result being a runner-up finish at Wimbledon in 2010, when he was beaten by Rafael Nadal. He is also a two-time Davis Cup champion, inspiring the Czech Republic to the title in 2012 and 2013.

He been bothered by injury problems over the last couple of season, with a back injury preventing him from playing in the second half of 2018, and a hip problem hampering him for significant parts of 2019.

Berdych made an encouraging return to the tour at the start of the season, reaching the final in Doha, the fourth round at the Australian Open and the last four in Montpellier, but the injury soon kicked in, restricting the Czech to six more tournaments for the remainder of the year. 

Following an opening round loss to Feliciano Lopez at Indian Wells, Berdych spent almost four months on the sidelines, missing the entire clay-court season. He returned to action at Wimbledon, where he fell to Taylor Fritz in the first round, and has played just two tournaments since then- Winston-Salem and the US Open. The Czech was beaten by Jenson Brooksby in the opening round at Flushing Meadows in what looks like being the final match of his professional career.

Berdych has amassed an impressive 640-342 win-loss record over his career, winning a prize money of almost $30 million.


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