03 October 2013, 23:53
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David Nalbandian retires from tennis

David Nalbandian has retired from professional tennis due to a shoulder injury.

The 31-year-old Argentine-Armenian, a Wimbledon runner-up in 2002, said that retiring from the sport was a "difficult day," but added at a news conference that he was "super grateful" to his sport.

Saying his shoulder did not "respond well" to treatment, Nalbandian concluded, "I cannot compete."

Nalbandian spent 13 years on the ATP tour, reaching No. 3 in the rankings in 2006 and spending five consecutive years in the top 10. He reached at least the semifinals at all four Grand Slam tournaments, losing to Lleyton Hewitt of Australia in the 2002 final at Wimbledon.

This year, he played only 11 matches, including a run to the final at a clay-court tournament in Brazil. His current ranking is No. 231. He won 11 singles titles, most recently in 2010 at Washington.

Nalbandian will play an exhibition match against 13-time major champion Rafael Nadal on Nov. 23 in Buenos Aires.

PRESS CONFERENCE VIDEO (in Spanish): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27kiUmz7ARI

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