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Ascione Retires From Professional Tennis

Metz, France

Thierry Ascione© AFP/Getty ImagesThierry Ascione played one Davis Cup tie for France against Croatia in February 2004.

Frenchman Thierry Ascione has retired aged 29 after an 11-year professional career.

“I turned the page a few weeks ago,” admitted Ascione, after losing to Igor Sijsling at the Open de Moselle in Metz. “But right before and right after the match it was really emotional.”

Ascione won eight titles on the ATP Challenger Tour and reached a career-high No. 81 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings on 9 February 2004. Two years ago he suffered an elbow injury as a result of a motorcycle accident.

“I had a beautiful career,” said Ascione. “I knew from the beginning I wasn’t going to be a champion. To be one, I think I would have needed a different personality but I don’t regret anything. I had the best times and through tennis I met my best friends.”

Former ATP pro Julien Boutter, the Tournament Director in Metz, said, “He’s a big man and the most integral person I know. It’s not for nothing he is the godfather of my son, Oscar.”

Ascione, who got married a month ago, is now developing a new career in real estate, having bought an agency in Metz.

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