German Alexander Waske has announced his retirement from sport at the age of 37. Waske reached no. 89 in singles and no. 16 in doubles in his career and also won 4 ATP doubles titles. Waske played a limited schedule in recent years due to an elbow injury.
Spekaing of his decision to retire, Waske said, "In the summer, I made the decision this would be my last season. I was very thankful to be able to play again after being out for four years. I had four elbow surgeries and couldn’t play from September 2007 onwards.
I had a lot of well known doctors tell me I wouldn’t play tennis. It didn’t feel good that the decision to no longer play was taken away from me. It’s much better now that I’ve decided at 37 years old, I need more time for other things.
I have a successful academy with Rainer Schuettler, I’m the official consultant of the MercedesCup in Stuttgart, and president of the GPTCA, a newly formed coaching association, so I have a lot of things I’m doing.
It feels right to stop now, even though I’m still able to play a good ball."