The tennis player Nicolás Almagro, 33, has announced that he will leave professional tennis at the Murcia Challenger Open. The tournament on the tracks of the Murcia Tennis Club will be the last one to dispute as an ATP player. «I leave it and I want to do it here, in my club.»
«I am left with the way traveled, many told me that I could have achieved more, but I have given everything to tennis and tennis to me,» he said in statements collected by Efe.
Nicolás Almagro has been grateful to those who have participated in this farewell ceremony and has not hidden his joy at saying goodbye at home. «It had to be in Murcia and in a tournament that is a unique event and that will put this city in the international tennis scene,» he said.
«It hurts me to participate only in the first edition, but I will give my best and I hope to be playing all week,» he said before his debut at the ATP Challenger Open Murcia, which will be on Tuesday afternoon against Mario Vilella from Alicante .
With regard to his withdrawal itself, he has declared: «I could not do what I really wanted, although I can say that I have made my dreams come true».
16 years and 13 titles
Professional since 2003, Almagro has chosen the Murcia tournament to end his 16-year career. Currently unranked after having played only five games in 2018 and saw his 2017 truncated by a knee injury, he became ninth in the world in 2011.
Almagro has a record of 397 victories by 278 defeats, according to statistics from the ATP, and has won a total of 13 titles, including two Valencia Open (2006 and 2007).
He has also played seven Davis Cup matches, his most outstanding participation in 2012, when he became part of the finalist team that fell to the Czech Republic.