Frederik Nielsen retires from tennis following an Australian Open exit

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Frederik Nielsen retires from tennis following an Australian Open exit

Danish tennis player Frederik Nielsen announced his retirement from tennis following his Australian Open exit. Nielsen, 38, teamed up with Marcus Daniell for the final tournament of his career. Nielsen and Daniell made it to the Australian Open second round after Aslan Karatsev and Artem Sitak retired their first round clash.

Nielsen and Daniell stood no chance in the second round as Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury claimed a routine 6-1 6-2 win. "My time as a professional tennis player is up," Nielsen tweeted. "It's with disbelief I look back at my 20 years on tour.

I'm leaving with pride and happiness over what turned out to be. Thank you to all the people I've shared time with that made it epic! I look forward to meeting up in the future!"

Nielsen enjoyed a successful doubles career

Nielsen didn't enjoy much success in singles as his career-high ranking was the No.

190 position he achieved in 2011. Nielsen enjoyed much more success in doubles, winning three titles and achieving a career-high ranking of No. 17 in the world. Nielsen is the second player to retire this month just a few days ago CiCi Bellis announced her retirement from tennis.

"I wanted to give a quick update as I haven’t been on the tennis court for a while. Last year, after seeing little to no improvement with my arm, I made the decision to stop playing tennis. I had been in the same cycle of rehab, training and injuries for three plus years and mentally/physically just couldn’t do it anymore," Bellis announced in an Instagram post.

"I absolutely love the sport and have nothing but the best memories from my time playing, but it was definitely time to move on. The good news is that I used my injury time-out wisely. I’m currently completing my business/finance college degree (graduating in 3 months), and an MBA will follow."