Former world No. 16 Philipp Kohlschreiber played the final match of his career on Wednesday after losing to Mikhail Kukushkin in the Wimbledon qualifying second round at Roehampton. Kohlschreiber, 38, announced he was playing the final tournament of his career after beating Gregoire Barrere in his qualifying opener.
On Wednesday, Kukushkin recovered from a set down to beat Kohlschreiber 6-7 (4) 6-3 6-4. Kohlschreiber, who turned professional in 2001, spent more than two decades on the Tour. During his career, Kohlschreiber captured eight titles and achieved his career-high ranking of No.
16 in the world in 2012.
Kohlschreiber achieved his best Grand Slam result at Wimbledon
Kohlschreiber was a Grand Slam quarterfinalist only once as he made the last-8 at Wimbledon in 2012 before losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Interestingly, Kohlschreiber was playing a Wimbledon qualifying for the first time in his career this week. “Funny story. This is my first time here in Roehampton. I had a great and wonderful career. This is going to be my last tournament.
I will stop after Wimbledon 2022. So, I am happy that I have another match here and maybe I will make it to the main draw,” Kohlschreiber said after beating Barrere. Reflecting on his future, Kohlschreiber admitted he doesn't really have a clear plan.
“I don’t really have a plan (for his post-tennis career),” Kohlschreiber said. “I just wanna finish and I think it’s kind of a special moment. I am more a quite person. I didn’t want to say that this is my last season.
A few people already know that this is going to be my last tournament and I just try to enjoy every match. It’s been a very long journey. I had great memories, especially here with the biggest success in a Grand Slam”.
Even though Kohlschreiber never won a Grand Slam or a Masters title, he was a pretty respectable player for pretty much his entire career.