India’s star singles player Somdev Devvarman declared his retirement from professional tennis followed by his injuries and putting an end to what was once a promising career.
Somdev tweeted, “Starting 2017 on a new note, retiring from pro tennis. Thanks to everyone for the love and support over the years. #newyearnewbeginnings,” on his official twitter page.
He came into the headlines for being the only collegiate player to have made three consecutive finals at the NCAA, winning back-to-back finals in his junior and senior years at the University of Virginia. Till now only three other players have matched that record since 1950. His 44–1 win-loss record in 2008 at the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship is unmatched.
He was India’s star singles player since he first broke into the scenario in 2008. The 31-year-old’s career was thwarted by a recurring shoulder injury in 2012.
A regular in India’s Davis Cup squad, Somdev appeared in 14 rubbers.He played a crucial role in India reaching the World Group back in 2010.
In the 2009 Chennai Open as a wildcard and the 2011 South Africa Open Somdev had also made the finals of two ATP Tour events. He won the singles and doubles gold medals at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.
He was honoured with the country’s second highest sporting honour Arjuna award in 2011.
“My biggest strength is my fighting spirit and that passion and heart more than forehands and backhands. Second, I knew I would not be able to play my best tennis. I wanted to be in top-100 and started reaching a point through injuries where I felt it will be tough for me to come back to top-100. Once I realised that I decided that it was time to stop. The enjoyment in training was not the same, the enjoyment in travelling was not the same. I was not tired I have done it for so long. It was not fresh. Playing and going for tournaments in Asia was not exciting for me,” Somdev was reported saying yesterday.