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Moodie Retires From Professional Tennis

Durban, South Africa

de Voest, Moodie© Bongarts/Getty ImagesWesley Moodie (right) compiled an 18-7 record for South Africa in Davis Cup rubbers.

South African Wesley Moodie, the 2005 Wimbledon doubles champion with Stephen Huss, has retired from professional tennis after 12 seasons.

"I am stopping tennis indefinitely," said Moodie. "I have made no plans to play. It is for many different reasons.

"I've had so many memorable moments on tour but the last year has been exceptionally difficult to maintain a balance between family life and tennis. I feel that I have given everything I have to tennis and I no longer have anything left to give.

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"The trophies I won have been fantastic but as my children grow up, the trophies have seemed to become less important every day and the hunger for new trophies/titles has disappeared.

"I also have some on-going problems such as my left knee, which ended my singles career in 2008. Without the dedication and time that I previously had, it has also started to flare up again."

On 2 July 2005, Moodie and his Australian partner, Huss, became the first qualifiers to win the doubles title at The Championships, Wimbledon, when they defeated Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-3. They had beaten top seeds Jonas Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi in the semi-finals. At the time, Moodie admitted, "We served pretty solid from the first match. We went into each match saying, 'How far can we go in this tournament?' I guess we can go pretty far."

It was the first of six tour-level teams titles (6-7 final record). He was also runner-up at 2009 Roland Garros with Dick Norman (l. to Dlouhy-Paes) and two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events at 2009 Paris (w/Coetzee) and 2009 Madrid (w/Aspelin). Moodie, who had a 170-133 doubles record, played his final tournament at Wimbledon in June, reaching the third round with Norman. He ranked a career-high No. 8 in the ATP Doubles Rankings on 3 August 2009.

Inside the tramlines, the 6' 5" serve-volley specialist won one ATP World Tour singles title at the 2005 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships (d. Ancic) and rose to a career-high No. 57 in the South African Airways 2011 ATP Rankings on 10 October 2005. He reached the third round at 2003 Wimbledon (l. to Grosjean) and 2006 US Open (l. to Nadal). Overall, he compiled a 58-70 singles record.

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