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Former World No. 13 Pavel Retires From Professional Tennis

Bucharest, Romania

Andrei Pavel© Getty ImagesRomanian Andrei Pavel reached a singles career-high of No. 13 on 25 October 2004.

Former World No. 13 Andrei Pavel has officially retired from professional tennis, after competing at the BCR Open Romania in Bucharest this week.

"I have no regrets and am very proud of my career,” said 35-year-old Pavel, after losing to Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay on Wednesday.  “I was surprised at my performance, having been Davis Cup captain indoors in Sweden last week.  I didn’t practise as much as I would have liked beforehand, but I enjoyed it.  It will be nice not to chase rankings points anymore.”

Pavel won three ATP World Tour singles titles (3-6 overall), including one ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title at the 2001 Rogers Cup, when he beat Andy Roddick, Tommy Haas and Patrick Rafter.  He also captured six doubles trophies from 11 finals.

"I had two beautiful moments in my career,” he said.  “I enjoyed Davis Cup and also clinching the Masters [1000] title at Montreal in 2001, beating the top guys there [d. Rafter in final].   When I played Davis Cup in France, I carried the flag and received a five-minute standing ovation.”

Pavel made his Davis Cup debut for Romania in 1991 and went on to amass a 40-22 record (32-15 in singles) in 27 ties.  He was appointed the nation’s Davis Cup captain in 2009.

He also represented Romania at the 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens summer Olympic Games and finished in the Top 100 on nine occasions in 10 years, until a back injury hindered his career in the past couple of years. 

“I have moved my family [wife Simone, daughter Caroline Elena and son Marius] over to the United States and I will try to open a tennis academy with a very good friend of mine,” he said.  “At the same time I will also help to develop Romanian tennis, which is not an easy job, but there is a lot of talent and hopefully we can manage it and give them experience at an earlier age.”

As a junior competitor in 1992, he captured the Roland Garros title (d. Mose Navarra) and reached the Wimbledon semi-finals.

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