Leonardo Mayer announces retirement from professional tennis



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Leonardo Mayer announces retirement from professional tennis

Argentina's Leonardo Mayer has announced his retirement from professional tennis on Thursday. Mayer, 34, was active for nearly two decades on the Tour since he turned professional in 2003. Mayer last played at Wimbledon, where he was beaten in the qualifying first round.

Mayer, a former world No. 21, spent the majority of his season on the Challenger circuit and even there he struggled to make notable results. The loss at Wimbledon was Mayer's third consecutive and he ended up finishing his career on a three-match losing streak.

Mayer captured two singles titles during his career, having made it all the way in Hamburg in 2014 and 2017. In doubles, Mayer claimed one doubles title and was ranked as high as No. 48 in the world. Mayer was also a part of the Argentine team that won the 2016 Davis Cup title.

Argentina loses Mayer but gets Juan Martin del Potro back

Del Potro, who hasn't played since 2019, is set to return in 2022. “I love the challenge,” del Potro recently told ESPN of his injury struggles.

“It could be a tennis challenge or a different challenge in life. “This is the toughest match of my career, because I cannot deal with these kind of injuries, this pain that I have now. But I’m still trying and trying.

“This is the life. I believe in myself that this is going to be in the past for sure. “But I think it’s also a message to the young kids, to all the players, to all the people around the world that they never have to give up following a dream and that’s what I’m doing with myself."

Del Potro is hoping to be ready for the start of 2022. "The knee is much better for now. I’m still recovering, but I’m on court, which is a good thing for me," del Potro revealed. “I’m looking forward to being ready in a couple of months. If everything goes well, next season will be fine to start."