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Lapentti Retires From Professional Tennis

Lapentti© Nicolas LapenttiNicolas Lapentti and members of his family at the Guayaquil Tennis Club on Tuesday.

Former World No. 6 Nicolas Lapentti announced his retirement from professional tennis aged 34 on Tuesday.

The Ecuadorian won five ATP World Tour singles titles from 12 finals in 16 seasons as a pro. He is suffering from an acute tendon injury in one of his knees.

"It took me a lot to take the decision," Lapentti said at the Guayaquil Tennis Club. "I didn't want to rush, I wanted to be 100 percent sure. I'm leaving tennis without regret.

"I'll have a farewell match, but I don't know when and against whom. I have to get over the injury first."

Lapentti first represented Ecuador in the Davis Cup as a 16 year old in 1993. He compiled a 61-34 overall record (41-16 in singles rubbers).

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