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Hernandez Retires From Professional Tennis

Barcelona, Spain

Hernandez© Jordi Ramos, FCTAlberto Martin, Tommy Robredo, Albert Montanes, Marcel Granollers, Pere Riba, Marc López and Oscar Serrano joined Oscar Hernandez at his retirement conference.

Spaniard Oscar Hernandez announced his retirement from professional tennis during an emotional press conference, attended by Tommy Robredo, Albert Montanes, Marcel Granollers, Pere Riba, Alberto Martin, Marc Lopez Oscar Serrano and Albert Costa, in Barcelona on Friday.

"This reminds me of the first time I quit tennis, when I started working as a bar man because I couldn't live for tennis" said Oscar Hernandez, who broke down in tears.

"This is not a goodbye, as I will now work with my coach (Marcos Roy) to impart lessons on young Spanish talents. I will teach them what I have learned, as you have to work really hard to make it."

Hernandez has failed to recover from a herniated disc injury, which required surgery on 24 November 2010. He suffered post-surgery problems and a rare complication that affects just one in 1,000 patients.

Read His Story In DEUCE Magazine (May 2011)

Hernandez, who turned professional in 1998, reached a career-high World No. 48 on 8 October 2007 and compiled a 65-125 singles record.

The 33-year-old Barcelona native won one ATP World Tour doubles trophy at the 2007 Movistar Open in Vina del Mar  (w/Capdeville) and finished runner-up at the 2004 BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy in Bucharest (w/Acasuso).

His best singles result at a Grand Slam championship came in May 2007, at Roland Garros, when he made a third round exit to Jonas Bjorkman. He won 10 singles titles on the ATP Challenger Tour.

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