"Polish Federer" Michal Przysiezny set to retire at Sopot Challenger



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"Polish Federer" Michal Przysiezny set to retire at Sopot Challenger

After almost 20 years on the professional Tour, the 35-year-old Pole Michal Przysiezny has decided to retire at the upcoming Sopot Challenger. Knows as the "Polish Federer" for his attacking style of play and touchy volleys, Michal played his best tennis in 2013 and 2014 (career-best ranking in April 2014 when he cracked the top-60), battling in more than 100 ATP matches and 15 at Majors, scoring one win in each of the four biggest tournaments.

With his game perfectly suitable for success on the fast surfaces, Michal claimed eight indoor Challengers and ten trophies on Futures as well, with the first coming way back in 2002 at the age of 18. Struggling to establish himself on the Challenger Tour, Przysiezny went up and down until 2010 when he finally cracked the top-100, fading away in the next two years before another good period in already mentioned 2013-14 seasons when he delivered some of his best wins.

Throughout his career, Michal had the opportunity to play against the names like Fabrice Santoro, Guillermo Coria, Tommy Robredo, Andy Murray, Ivan Ljubicic, Richard Gasquet, Kevin Anderson, Milos Raonic and John Isner, earning three top-20 triumphs.

After playing in the final of Wroclaw Challenger in 2017 from outside the top-400, Przysiezny had to skip the next seven months due to Achilles surgery and never looked like a decent player again, trying to return a few times before deciding to call it a career in front of the home fans in Sopot.

The tournament director Mariusz Fyrstenberg was more than happy to keep a wild card for Michal, pleased with his decision to close the career at that event. Also, Fyrstenberg called Przysiezny one of the most stylish players of his generation and someone who fought for the Polish Davis Cup squad for almost 15 years, delivering 12 wins in total from 28 rubbers.

Last year, Michal had the opportunity to work with Caroline Wozniacki and he intends to stay in tennis and work with young upcoming players, sharing his experience and knowledge with the future stars and maybe forging the next attacking machine, something we miss deeply in the modern tennis.