TOPSHELF OPEN 2013
Norman Calls Time On 22-Year Career
's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
by ATP Staff|
Dick Norman called time on his 22-year professional tennis career on Monday after a first-round doubles loss alongside fellow Belgian David Goffin, 20 years his junior, at the Topshelf Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
“I had around 60 people here today including my wife, my parents and my two daughters,” said Norman, who was presented with a cake after the match. “It’s nice to retire here and we’ll have some beers later this evening on-site at the Corona bar.”
The 42-year-old Norman reached a career-high World No. 10 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings in April 2010 and won four tour-level titles from seven finals. The highlight of his career came with a runner-up showing at Roland Garros in 2009, when he and Wesley Moodie were beaten by Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes.
"My career was divided into three parts," said Norman. "In 1998 I retired for a couple of years and came back in 2000. When I came back I played well in singles and then in my third career, during the past few years, I focused on doubles and enjoyed that a lot too.
"It’s a beautiful life on tour and for sure I will miss the sun, since we see it during nine months a year. While at home I will spend most of my time indoors and only see the sun during two months in the summer.”
Looking back on his career, Norman also remembered reaching the 2009 Wimbledon semi-finals (w/ Moodie) and the US Open quarter-finals (w/ Moodie) the same year, all when he was aged 38. “I remember how I looked at 40-year-old players when I was 30. I thought that they should stop. But I was lucky with my knees and my shoulder and didn’t have any problems.
"I won’t give up tennis because it’s my passion and I want to share it with people. I’m organising tennis holidays and doubles clinics for people who want to improve their doubles game.”