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Alberto Martin Retires After 15 Years As A Pro

Alberto Martin© Getty ImagesAlberto Martin turned pro in 1995.

Spaniard Alberto Martin has decided to retire after 15 years as a professional tennis player.

The 31-year-old Barcelona native is suffering from a sports hernia, which might require surgery.

"After taking a month off because of a sports hernia, I have decided to retire from professional tennis as my body cannot take it anymore," explained Martin.

Martin, a former World No. 34 (11 June 2001), won three ATP World Tour clay-court singles titles (1999-Casablanca, Bucharest; 2001-Mallorca) from five finals (runner-up at 2005-06 Costa do Sauipe). He also had a 3-3 record in tour-level doubles finals.

His best Grand Slam championship performance came in 2006 at Roland Garros, when he advanced to the fourth round (l. to Benneteau). The right-hander represented Spain in one Davis Cup tie against the United States in April 2002.

"My best memories are the wins against (Lleyton) Hewitt in Australia, (Pete) Sampras in Cincinnati, (Carlos) Moya in Mallorca and (Juan Carlos) Ferrero in Barcelona, as well as winning the ATP World Tour title in Mallorca and my Davis Cup debut in 2002," said Martin.

"I would like to thank all the people that helped me during my career, which lasted 15 years, especially those who stood by me in the difficult moments, and also the ATP and all the tournaments that have made it possible for me to play professional tennis."

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