Monaco Retires From Professional Tennis
Former World No. 10 Juan Monaco, a winner of nine ATP World Tour titles, announced his retirement from professional tennis on Monday.
“Although it creates me a lot of nostalgia, I am sure I am making the right decision,” said Monaco, in a statement on his social media. “One wonderful and very important part of my life has come to the end. I retire from professional tennis.”
The 33-year-old Argentinean, who reached a career-high No. 10 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on 23 July 2012, added, “There are so many feelings that it is very difficult to write them down on a piece of paper. [There is] pride to have faced so many challenges over many years. Thanks for what tennis gave me: education, discipline, friendship and unforgettable moments. [There is] sadness, because I will really miss the tennis courts [and] happiness to have had the chance to work in what I really loved since I was a kid.
“Knowing that dedication, sacrifice, tenacity and compromise have always been my engine, I leave with the satisfaction that I gave all I had and I want to let you know that I enjoyed until my last match.”
Monaco won eight of his nine titles on clay, including four trophies in 2012. The Tandil native also lifted three doubles titles, most recently with his good friend Rafael Nadal (2015 Doha).
“Thanks to all of you for joining me on this wonderful trip, which lasted 14 years,” said Monaco.