Doubles specialist Mark Knowles, from the Bahamas, has retired from tennis after the US Open. “Tennis is one of the greatest sports in the world. It teaches you so much about life,” commented Knowles. “It has given me so much and I am sure that I will always be linked to the great game in some capacity.
I would like to thank all of my great partners and opponents from over the years for the library of memories. I can still remember qualifying for my first ATP singles event in Indianapolis in 1988 like it was yesterday. It was cool to be an ATP player then and it has only become cooler.
I wish all of my colleagues continued success and I will be following your progress in between changing diapers!” “It has been an incredible journey and one that I look back on with no regrets, except for maybe a few match outcomes.
I still have a love for the game and enjoy the thrill of competition and feel that I could still win a few more titles. However, the title that has become the most important to me over the last few years is that of being the best husband and father to my family.
I have truly been blessed and want to shift my focus full time to my wife and kids. I used to think that there was no greater joy than winning big tournaments but then I had kids and realised that this is the greatest joy of all.” Knowles ended with a 744-380 doubles record, and won 3 mens doubles and 1 mixed doubles grand slam title.