After 26 years in pro tennis, Feliciano Lopez's career officially comes to end

Lopez's career ends with a Mallorca quarterfinal loss to Yannick Hanfmann.

by Dzevad Mesic
After 26 years in pro tennis, Feliciano Lopez's career officially comes to end

Feliciano Lopez's career has officially come to an end following the Spaniard's Mallorca loss. Lopez, 41, bowed out of Mallorca in the quarterfinal stage as Yannick Hanfmann beat the Spaniard 6-2 6-4. In his final tournament, Lopez went out with dignity as he defeated Max Purcell and Jordan Thompson before falling short to 48th-ranked Hanfmann.

On January 1st, Lopez announced he was planning to have his little farewell in 2023 and play a couple of tournaments that had a special place in his heart. This week in Mallorca, Lopez retired in front of his home fans by playing a tournament staged on his favorite surface.

Lopez enjoyed a long and successful career

Lopez, who turned pro in 1997, had a very long and also successful career. In singles, Lopez captured seven ATP titles - finished with a 506-490 record on the main level - made four Grand Slam quarterfinals - achieved a career-high ranking of No 12 in the world.

In doubles, Lopez won the 2016 French Open with Marc Lopez - won a total of six titles - reached a career-high ranking of No 9 in the world. Lopez also enjoyed success with the Spanish national team as he is also a four-time Davis Cup champion.

After playing the final match of his career, Lopez admitted he thought "thought this moment would never come." Also, Lopez thanked the Mallorca organizers and also his father who got him into tennis. “I never thought this moment would come.

I want to thank the tournament for allowing me to retire in my country. I have always tried to do my best to make the fans happy. Thank you all for being here today. My father was the crazy guy who started all this. He put a racquet in my hands and look how it ended. I want to thank him," Lopez said after the match.

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