Paul-Henri Mathieu's career reaches end


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Paul-Henri Mathieu's career reaches end

French tennis player Paul-Henri Mathieu is ready to jump into his retirement days.

The 35-year-old's campaign at the Paris Rolex Masters came to an end on Tuesday.

The Frenchman lost in the singles final qualifying round on Sunday before he lost in the Paris doubles first-round on Tuesday with fellow compatriot Benoit Paire.

USA's Nick Monroe and Jack Sock beat the Frenchmen in straight sets 6-3 6-4.

Mathieu is expected to not play anymore as his intention was to call it a career after this season.

Mathieu won four ATP singles titles during his career -- two on the indoor carpet of Moscow and Lyon in 2002 before he won it all on the clay of Casablanca and Gstaad in 2007.

Mathieu, currently ranked at No. 265, reached a career-high ranking of No. 12 in 2008.

The 35-year-old also captured one ATP doubles title as he and fellow compatriot Nicolas Devilder made it all the way in Bucharest in 2008.

Mathieu never made the singles quarter-final of a Grand Slam but was a member of the French team that won the 2002 Davis Cup title. 

The Frenchman had a good campaign at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but just couldn't beat Chile's Fernando Gonzalez in the quarter-finals. 

Mathieu's farewell tour received a hit twice this year as he, surprisingly, didn't receive a wildcard for either the French Open or Paris Masters.

The 35-year-old somehow won three qualifying matches to reach the Roland Garros main draw -- but was no match to Belgium's David Goffin in round one.

Canadia's Vasek Pospisil prevented Mathieu from reaching the Paris Masters main draw as he handed him a straight set defeat this past weekend in Bercy. 

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