Former world No. 5 Tommy Robredo announced on Thursday that he is planning to retire from professional tennis after the upcoming Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, the ATP 500 event which runs from April 16-24 and thus ending a 23-year career.
The player, from Hostalric in Catalonia, Spain, who will turn 40 in May, will leave behind one of the finest careers in his country’s recent tennis history. As the holder of 12 ATP Tour titles, a seven-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist and a member of the victorious Davis Cup teams of 2004, 2008 and 2009, he will not be easily forgotten on the ATP Tour.
“I’ve known for a while that I was going to retire, but the pandemic has thrown everything back,” Robredo told Spanish news agency EFE. The Spaniard, who is currently 343 in the ATP rankings, was joined in announcing his retirement by his good friend David Ferrer, director of the Barcelona tournament. “I wanted both my friends and family to be there on my retirement day.”
The Catalan will look to bring his career to a magical end in a place that has always been special to him. Winning in Barcelona in 2004 and reaching the final in 2006, Robredo is looking forward to one last meeting with the fans who will bid farewell to one of the tour’s most respected players. “It will be spectacular to see my friends [the Barcelona tournament]said Robredo, who spent over 100 weeks in the top 10 from 2006-07. “You will recognize their voices and it will be a magical feeling.”
After more than two decades of professional competition, the time has come for Robredo to start a new chapter. He welcomed his first child in March 2021 and can look forward to an exciting future.
“Now is the time to devote myself to my family, especially my daughter,” Robredo said. “Until now I’ve never had anything more fulfilling than tennis, but now I’ve found it. I want to be at home with my family and my daughter. Now I know I don’t want to miss the first time she leaves or says “Dad.”
“I’m an old-school warrior,” added the Spaniard, who played at the 2006 Tennis Masters Cup, as the Nitto ATP Finals were then called. “I really took care of myself and stayed relatively injury-free. I was able to continue playing because I love tennis and it’s not difficult for me to get up in the morning to train. I gave 100% until the day we had to isolate.
With almost 900 games under his belt and a well-known determination to succeed, Robredo will go home having maintained his work ethic up until his last day on the tour. The Spaniard has only played two official matches in 2022 after several seasons on the ATP Challenger Tour but is still working hard on an emotional farewell in Barcelona. “I want to be competitive on my retirement day,” he said.
“I have no plans after that, but there will be another phase and certainly there will be tennis,” Robredo added. “I’m going to do something that excites me and I can dedicate myself to it with the same passion that I have devoted to tennis.
“It’s not hard or difficult for me. I do it because I want to and it’s time. I’ve been doing this for many years since I was a little boy. I gave everything.”
Editor’s note: This story appeared first on ATPTour.com/es