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Guillermo Canas Announces Retirement

Miami, USA

Guillermo Canas© Getty ImagesCanas announced his retirement at a press conference during the Sony Ericsson Open.
Guillermo Canas officially brought to a close his 15-year pro career on Friday, announcing his immediate retirement from the ATP World Tour.

The 32-year-old Argentine reached No. 8 in the world in singles, won seven ATP World Tour singles titles (including the 2002 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Canada) and was a three-time Roland Garros quarter-finalist.

He compiled a 252-195 record in singles and amassed $5,285,575; having turned pro in 1995 Canas played his last professional match in Hamburg qualifying last July.

Canas, who battled wrist injuries for much of his career, decided against undergoing surgery for a fifth time, making his final decision to retire in the past couple of months.

"I'm so happy the way I have my career," said Canas. "I so happy to take that decision. I think for me this was the right moment just to say good bye to like a professional sport and to be focusing in another things."

The Sony Ericsson Open in Miami was a fitting venue for Canas's announcement, being the scene of one of his greatest achievements. At this event in 2007 he defeated World No. 1 Roger Federer in the quarter-finals, having stunned the Swiss master in the second round of Indian Wells less than a fortnight prior. Canas would go on to reach the final, falling to Novak Djokovic in three sets.

"I beat the most talented player in the world, in history," said Canas of his Indian Wells victory. "For me, it was unbelievable. And then to do it again 10 days later was like a dream for me."

Canas will continue to have a strong connection to Miami in the future as it's the location of the Canas Tennis Academy, which he established with compatriots Martin Garcia and Gustavo Uribe.

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