“We worked hard, it hurt, we lost, we won” – Rosol announces retirement from tennis

The 38-year-old Czech peaked at No 26 in the world rankings and won two ATP singles titles in his career

Lukas Rosol at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships Lukas Rosol at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships Image Credit: BPI / Panoramic

Czech tennis player Lukas Rosol, who peaked at No 26 in the world rankings and won two ATP singles titles, has announced his retirement from the sport.

The 38-year-old, best known for his upset over then world No 2 Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2012, made the announcement in a post on Instagram.

“Everything ends one day and this end is harder than any other. Growing up to this decision was not easy at all, every professional athlete will understand that,” Rosol said in his post. “Tennis was, is and will be my whole life. But time does not stop for a man. My career has had everything it should have. We worked hard, it hurt, we lost, we won.”

Rosol thanked his parents and his support team through the years and to his wife, “for being in the right place at the right time, for her endless love and determination to handle everything with me.”

Rosol won ATP titles in Bucharest in 2013 and at the Winston-Salem Open in 2013. He was also part of the Czech Republic’s¬†Davis Cup¬†winning team in 2012 and 2013.

At the majors, Rosol’s best result was a doubles quarter-final finish at the 2015 French Open and in singles, he reached the third round in Paris in 2011 and 2015 and he also reached the third round at the Australian Open and Wimbledon

The Czech was also part of the longest ever ATP doubles match, alongside Tomas Berdych as they beat Marco Chiudinelli and Stanislas Wawrinka in the first round of the 2013 Davis Cup in 7 hours, 1 minutes.

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