Tennis - Swiss tennis player Marco Chiudinelli will retire from professional tennis after the ATP Swiss Indoors in Basel. The 36-year-old Chiudinelli is currently ranked no. 353 in the world and has been granted a wild card into the main draw of the event.
According to Blick, Chiudinelli made the decision to retire two weeks ago. "The trend has been pointing in this direction since the summer. I had a difficult year, where I felt really good at 5-6 tournaments." In recent weeks, he fell ill during the Asian swing on the ATP Tour whiich encouraged him to make the decision.
"I could only take the racket for four or five days. This has confirmed me that now is the right time to stop." Among the highlights of his career were being part of the Davis Cup winning team in 2014 and reaching the third round of the US Open in 2006 and 2009 - both times as a qualifier.
He also reached the semi-finals of the ATP Basel event in 2009 where he lost to his long-time friend Roger Federer. "It was very special, because we had already trained together as boys and were also ballboys in Basel." Talking about his future plans, Chiudinelli says, "It does not have to be something with sport.
I have built up different competences in my career. For example, in the field of organization. I would lie if I said I was not sad. I hope it has many fans and friends in the stadium." His best ranking was reaching No. 52 in February 2010 and he won 10 singles titles in his career - 7 on the ITF circuit and 3 on the ATP Challenger circuit.