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Acasuso Retires From Professional Tennis

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Acasuso © Copa Claro/S. LlameraJose Acasuso is honoured at the Copa Claro.

Argentine Jose Acasuso officially announced his retirement from professional tennis Thursday during a press conference at his hometown tournament, the Copa Claro.

“It was a tough and important decision, that's why I took some time to make it public,” admitted an emotional Acasuso, who was honoured in an on-court ceremony at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club. “It was 12 years of my life, but since I began playing tennis it's more than 25, so that's why I wanted to really think about it.”

The 29 year old had made his last on-court appearance in the qualifying rounds of Roland Garros, and played his last tour-level match one year ago when he reached the Buenos Aires quarter-finals (l. to Almagro).

“Tennis was my life,” he continued. “I gave my best to be a professional player and do what I liked the most. I'm closing an important part of my life where I went through amazing moments like winning tournaments, representing my country, beating the best players in the world and travelling around the world.”

The former World No. 20 won three ATP World Tour singles titles from 11 finals, all on clay, and reached an additional 11 doubles finals, lifting the trophy five times. He represented Argentina in two Davis Cup finals, and also led his country to the title at the 2007 Power Horse World Team Cup.

Playing for his country ranked among Acasuso’s best memories on tour. “The two Davis Cup finals I played, the first professional tournament I won against [Franco] Squillari in Sopot (2004), also my victory over [Lleyton] Hewitt in Davis Cup (semi-finals 2006) was a match that had a great influence in my career,” he said.

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