Struggling Diego Schwartzman, 30, hints he'll retire in case he doesn't improve

Schwartzman is having probably the roughest and most challenging season of his career.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Struggling Diego Schwartzman, 30, hints he'll retire in case he doesn't improve

Diego Schwartzman, 30, reveals he will be done with tennis in case he doesn't improve. Schwartzman, a former world No 8, is having probably the roughest and most challenging seasons of his career. In 2023, Schwartzman - who has now plummeted to No 95 in the world - has just six wins and 14 losses on the main level.

Schwartzman also appeared in two Challenger tournaments, where he went 0-2. For several years, Schwartzman was a constant top-20 player and someone who was pretty solid on the main level. "If I don't get better and I have another season like this one, I don't know if I will keep playing.

I'm not a kid anymore," Schwartzman said, via Jose Morgado.

Schwartzman ended his losing streak at the French Open

On Monday, Schwartzman defeated Barnabe Zapata Miralles 1-6 6-7 (5) 6-2 6-0 6-4 in the French Open first round.

With that win, Schwartzman ended his five-match losing streak. Schwartzman broke Zapata Miralles in the first game of the match before stunningly losing the next six games and the first set. In the second set, Schwartzman twice recovered from a break down to eventually force a tie-break.

Unfortunately for Schwartzman, he fell in his bid to steal the second set as Zapata Miralles realized his second set point to take a two-set lead. After losing the first two sets, Schwartzman bounced back in the third set as he lost his serve once but broke Zapata Miralles three times en route to forcing a fourth set.

In the fourth set, Schwartzman broke Zapata Miralles three times and didn't face a single break point to bagel the Spaniard. After winning the fourth set without a lost game, Schwartzman also earned the first break of the fifth set in the third game to open a 2-1 lead.

But Zapata Miralles refused to quit, getting the break back in the fourth game. However, blowing an early fifth-set break didn't impact Schwartzman, who broke Zapata Miralles again in the ninth game and served out for the match in the following game.

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