Colin Fleming Retires From Professional Tennis
Scot to remain close to his family with new role
Doubles player Colin Fleming has retired from professional tennis after taking up the position of National Coach for Tennis Scotland.
The 32-year-old Fleming spent 10 years competing and won eight ATP World Tour titles from 18 finals. He won the 2010 Commonwealth Games mixed doubles gold medal with Jocelyn Rae. He reached a career-high No. 17 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings on 9 September 2013.
"I am excited to accept the position of National Coach for Tennis Scotland,” said Fleming. “My wife, Gemma, and I are fortunate to now have two amazing young children and I have been looking for the right opportunity to transition into the next stage of my career. This role certainly represents that and it will be a privilege to take on such an important, exciting and challenging position within Scottish tennis.
"With regards to my new role, there has never been a more exciting time for Scottish tennis with Andy Murray, Jamie Murray and Gordon Reid raising the bar with every week that passes. It is my job to put a system in place that ensures the next generation of players are coming through from our clubs to competing on the world stage. My key priorities will be building the base of young quality players as well as ensuring our coaches are well-equipped to develop these players.”
Ross Hutchins, the Chief Player Officer for the ATP, who won three ATP World Tour doubles titles with Fleming, said, “I wish Colin all the success in his move away from playing professional tennis. He had many fantastic tennis achievements and performed extremely well on the biggest stages in our sport. I have no doubt at all that he is an outstanding fit in his new role and will help build something very strong in Scottish tennis.
“Personally, we have built up a very special friendship from playing as a doubles team. He was a joy to be on the same side of the court, and I loved every second of playing together.”