Marcos Baghdatis to say goodbye to tennis at Wimbledon
Wimbledon will roll out the red carpet for Marcos Baghdatis as the colourful Cypriot prepares to say his goodbyes to tennis at the upcoming edition at the All England Club.
With knowledge of his career change to hand, the All England Club laid on a hard-to-explain wildcard for the 34-year-old who reached the Australian Open final in 2006 against Roger Federer.
Once a Top 10 member, Baghdatis is now ranked 134th, too low for direct entry into the grass-court major.
“I wanted to take the time to write to you all and let you know that this upcoming Wimbledon will be my last tournament as a tennis professional.
“I am extremely grateful to the AELTC for granting me a Main Draw Wild-Card at the All England Club, and giving me a chance to say goodbye to the sport that I love so much and has been such a big part of my life for the last 30+ years.” he said on social media.
The message added: “This decision was not an easy one. It has proven tough for me, especially physically, to come back to where I feel like I belong.
“Even though my mind wants to do it, the limits of my body have prevented me to maintain and play at a consistent high level as I expect from myself; the last two years have been very difficult for me with recurring injuries and pain.
“Besides that, I have a beautiful wife, two young daughters, and a third child on the way and I could not be more excited to spend more time with all of them at home.
“I’m going to be staying heavily involved in tennis in a number of capacities, so you will continue to see me on the tour.”
Baghdatis has been married for seven years to former WTA player Karolina Sprem, who retired in 2011.
Baghdatis leaves with four ATP career trophies and can count himself as a footnote in the record books for playing and losing the five-set “all-nighter” at the 2008 Australian Open against Lleyton Hewitt which ended just after 4: 30 in the morning.
Written by Bill Scott for Grandslamtennis.online. To read more visit grandslamtennis.online