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Chela Tweets Retirement From Tennis

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Chela© Getty ImagesChela played his final singles match against Martin Klizan at Wimbledon this year.

Juan Ignacio Chela has retired. The 33 year old published the news on his Twitter account Monday, writing, “After many years it was time to move to another stage in my life, I retire from professional tennis”.

Chela finishes his 14-year career on the ATP World Tour with 326-277 record. He ascended to World No. 15 on 9 August 2004 and captured six titles from 12 finals. All of his triumphs occurred on outdoor clay, with his latest success coming in Bucharest two years ago. He also lifted three doubles trophies.

The Argentine was a three-time major singles quarter-finalist, reaching the last eight at Roland Garros in 2004 and 2011 and the US Open in 2007. He also advanced to the round of 16 at the Australian Open in 2006, appeared in the quarter-finals at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events on eight occasions and was a doubles semi-finalist at Wimbledon in 2010. Among his achievements, Chela posted match wins against Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick, Marat Safin, David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych, Tommy Haas, Tim Henman and Fernando Gonzalez.

The Buenos Aires native played his final singles match at Wimbledon, falling to Martin Klizan in an epic first-round thriller, losing to the Slovakian 11-9 in the deciding set.

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